Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2019

160 communities benefit from FG’s share of Ecological Fund -SGF

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Gida Mustapha (Centre) being aided by to the PS , EFO, Dr. Habiba Lawal, Director DDC& CZM, Mr. Addy Yusuf ( in white left), Director SEFC. Engnr. Felix Okeke (in black left), the AMAC Chairman, Hon. Adamu Candido (in white right), and AMAC Vice Chairman, Hon. Lawrence Unachukwu (in brown , right) to cut the commissioning and hand-over tape of the completed Erosion and Road Improvement Works at Lugbe ,Abuja recently .

By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

The Secretary to the Government (SGF)of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has said that about one hundred and Sixty communities (160) throughout the Federation have benefitted from the Federal Government accrued share of Ecological Fund.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by Boss Mustapha at the commissioning and hand-over ceremonies at Lugbe and Wuye reiterated the present administration’s pledge that no part of the country would be neglected under this administration owing to its geographical location or political considerations.
Mustapha made the disclosure recently while answering questions from journalists at the commissioning and handing over ceremony of the Federal Government’s executed and completed projects of Erosion and Road Improvement works at Lugbe and Gully Erosion and Flood Control Works at Wuye respectively, under Abuja Municipal Area Council, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
He said the Federal Government’s execution of projects across the country demonstrated the sincerity of purpose of the present administration towards entrenching justice, equity and fair play to all and sundry.
He pointed out that with the completion of the projects, the living standard of Lugbe and its environs would be enhanced as well as that of Wuye school community.
He said that one percent Ecological and derivation Fund accrued to the Federal services the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Great Green Wall (GGW), Ecological Fund Office (EFO) and other agency at the directive of Mr. President.
According to him, EFO which is under the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation intervenes in virtually all the thirty-six states of the Federation including FCT. He promised that with the commissioning of completed projects, Nigerians would be seeing more of the interventions of the Federal Government through the Ecological Fund Office.
According to him, the intervention of the Federal Government has helped in reducing the dangers associated with erosion and persistent flooding that the communities have experienced.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, (EFO), Dr. Habiba Lawal also commended the contractor, consultant and EFO staff for their efforts in ensuring timely completion of the project.
He reiterated that the handover was meant to enable the host communities take over and exercise ownership over the projects.
Lawal urged the host community not to allow the resources the Federal Government committed to the projects to waste.
In his reaction, the Executive Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Abdullahi Candido appreciated the efforts of the Federal Government on the projects.
He appreciated Mr President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ecological Fund Office and the contractor for seeing to the award and completion of the projects in AMAC.
In the same vain, the representative of Lugbe community, Barr. Salihu Momoh expressed joy on the completion of the project,saying, the community had struggled for the past ten years to get the attention of government on the road without result. While commending the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Secretary to the government of the Federation for the attending to the yearnings of local communities.
At the Federal Government boys’ Secondary School, Wuye where the other completed project was commissioned, the school authorities were grateful to the Federal government for the quick intervention in rescuing the school’s permanent site from dangerous gully erosion threat.

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