Buhari commissions 2 Ecological Fund Office projects in Bwari

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

President Muham­madu Buhari has commissioned two projects executed by the Ecological Fund Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

The projects are the erosion and flood control works sited at Public Ser­vice Institute of Nigeria (PSIN) and road rehabili­tation at Sagwari layout Dutse.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhamamd Bello who represented the Pres­ident said that the projects are indication of govern­ment effort in tackling environmental problems in the country and making life more meaningful for the people.

He enjoined the host communities to ensure the sustainability of the projects and avoid using it as refuse dump to avoid wasting the resources of federal government.

On her part, the perma­nent secretary of EFO, Dr Hadiza Lawal noted that the project was initiated through a request by the former head of Civil Ser­vice, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita on the need to arrest the continuous flooding and erosion menace in PSIN, to avoid further en­vironmental degradation, loss of lives and properties.

Lawal who was rep­resented by the EFO di­rector of Soil Erosion & Flood Control, Engr. Felix Okeke said that the timely completion of the proj­ects was made possible through the project con­tractor and consultant, who worked tirelessly to ensure minimum loss of time in the project imple­mentation schedule.

Also speaking, the ad­ministrator of PSIN, Mr Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoy­inbo commended the government for the inter­vention.

At Sagwari layout, Du­tse, the minister called on Nigerians to appreciate the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in bringing massive devel­opment to the area coun­cil and lamented the in­ability of the area council to build people-oriented project in the community.

Engr Okeke noted that the commissioning and handing over of the project was expected to achieve the dual purpose of enabling the host com­munity to take over and exercise ownership over the project.

The vice chairman of Sagwari layout Dutse, Engr Ben Ginikanwa hinteds that the commu­nity has been grappling with the effects of flood­ing for several years be­fore the intervention and thanked PMB for bring­ing change to the resi­dents.

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