By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Federal Government has commissioned and handed over the completed erosion project meant to arrest loss of lives and properties at Ekulu and PRODA communities of Enugu state.
During the commissioning, the Director-General VON, Mr. Osita Okechukwu who represented the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhamadu Buhari at the event explained that Ekulu was the first town in Enugu situated within the Onyeama Coal Mines which the Federal Government is now revamping.
He informed the audience of the Federal Government’s decision to consolidate on infrastructural provisions which will in effect produce employment for the teeming Nigerian masses.
Reiterating on Mr. President’s unrelenting efforts in taking Nigeria to higher heights, Mr. Okechukwu eulogized his prudent management of public funds which he said is part of what the Ekulu and PRODA communities and indeed Enugu State were witnessing hence the need to consolidate on such achievements.
Earlier in her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office(EFO), Dr. Habiba Lawal who was ably represented by the Deputy Director, Erosion & Flood Control, EFO, Mr. Mathais Eluma explained that the project was a Federal Government project executed through the Ecological Fund Office and Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
According to her, the approval was made considering the urgent request made by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu on the need to arrest flooding and continuous erosion menace ravaging the area and to avoid further loss of lives and property.
Praising the contractor, consultant and the EFO staff who worked tirelessly to complete the project at the specified period without compromising on standard, she charged the benefitting communities to ensure ownership, maintenance and sustainability of the project maintaining that the resources which the Federal Government has committed to the project must not be allowed to go to waste.