By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
Residents of Jalingo Metropolis, Taraba State has commended the Federal Government for bringing relief to people living in (kofar Fada) Shetima and Kasuwan Yelwa Areas, Turaki A Wards, where erosion and bad drainage has become a source of nightmare.
They described the government intervention as timely owing to destruction of properties and threat to lives, posed by the site.
Before the intervention the site had gradually become a refuse dump, emitting all sorts of odour and risk to health of especially people in the immediate surroundings.
Based on this, the Ecological Fund Office (EFO), Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation (OSGF) awarded contract for culvert and drainage construction for erosion and flood control works in the area.
At the commissioning of the project recently, some residents commended the government for quickly coming to their aid.
According to Danlami Kefas, “We faced a hopeless situation, because the gully was gradually expanding. The dustbin was also expanding, becoming a threat to people living in that area.
Some others joined him to hail the government for promptly carrying out the remediation of affected areas.
Alhaji Yayaha Musa, who lives around the affected area commended the government for the quality of work
He said the conditions of the area had affected businesses before this time.
“People don’t want to come around here any longer. The place was smelling. Some businesses had to close down, while some other’s relocated to continue their business. Sometimes people fall into the gully.
At the commissioning of the project, Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Jummai Aisha Alhassan, popularly called Mama Taraba (indigene of Taraba State) stated that the project has gone a long way to ameliorate the problem of environmental degradation and desert encroachment in the community.
She commended President Muhammadu Buhari for including the community among beneficiaries of the contracts awarded in 2017.
She stated that the present administration was committed to entrenching justice, equity and fair play in the execution of projects across the country.
She further urged the people to have faith in the present administration.
She said President Buhari was determined to bring about nation building and economic recovery through opening up of window of opportunities for economic growth of communities and unlocking many potentials especially on agriculture and food security.
She further advised the people to desist from activities that contribute to environmental degradation.
In a speech delivered on her behalf, Permanent Secretary, EFO, Dr (Mrs.) Habiba Lawal urged the communities to take over and exercise ownership over the project’s to ensure its care and sustainability.
She added that the intervention by the EFO will check environmental degradation and save lives and properties.
The remediation works in Jalingo is one of the 26 ecological intervention projects approved by President Buhari for the second quarter of 2017 and contract was awarded by the Ecological Fund Office Tender’s Board.