The Permanent Secretary of Ecological Project Office, Malam Shehu Ibrahim, mni, has stated that the project office intervention works will mitigate the ecological challenges in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs and also bring government’s presence and succor to the people.
Malam Ibrahim made this disclosure during an inspection tour of some project sites at the FCT. Sites visited includes: Erosion control and Gully mitigation in Kuchigoro/Karamajiji, FCT, Abuja: Construction of Bridge, Culverts & Upgrading of Roads at Lugbe 1 Cadastral Zone 07 – 07, Lugbe, FCT, Abuja; Erosion Control & Road Improvement Works at Wasa to Gude Central (Phase 1) FCT, Abuja and Gully Erosion and Flood Control Works in Tafawa Balewa Way, Area 3 Garki, FCT, Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary expressed satisfaction on the quality of work done by the contractors and commended their ability to keep to the contractual terms on the job specifications and timelines for completion.
At the Kuchigoro/Karamajiji, Erosion and Gully Works, the Permanent Secretary, commended the National President, Greater Gbagi Development Initiative, Prince Gbaiza Gimba on the constitution of the Vanguard Committee for their initiative to safeguard the project from being turned into a waste dump, adding that government will not be encouraged to do more for the people if there is no change of attitude towards government projects.
At the Wasa-Gude project site, the Permanent Secretary informed that the Erosion Control and Road Improvement Works will ease the flow of traffic along the Karshi-Nyanya-Abuja axis, unlock socio- economic activities by boosting agricultural production and curbing post-harvest losses by the farming communities around the route.
The Permanent Secretary was also at the Anti – Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), Keffi, Nasarawa State in continuation of his inspection tour to projects around the FCT and its environs, where he inspected the Erosion Control Works including the construction of retaining walls, concrete drains and back filling at the academy complex.
Speaking at the ACAN site, the Permanent Secretary said what gives him happiness is the testimonies of beneficiaries of the government’s intervention projects and reiterated its readiness to continue to safeguard the lives and properties of Nigerians and enhance their well-being.
The Provost of the Academy, Prof. Tunde Babatunde was full of praise on EPO’s prompt response to their requests, stating, “We never know we could reclaim this land, we are glad and excited over the project”. He however appealed for further intervention and for a more holistic approach, “we want it extended further to save us from the embarrassment of flooding around the area”, he said.
Chairman of Keffi Local Government Area, Alhaji Muhammad Babashehu said he is “very happy and overwhelmed to see this ultra-modern gigantic project in Keffi. He commended the EPO and the academy for drawing the project to Keffi.
Other projects visited by the Permanent Secretary were the Erosion and Road Improvement Works at the Solutionist Estate in Karshi, Abuja with the construction of Trapezoidal drain, construction of culverts, concrete slabs, pavement and surfacing and The River Channelization and Slope Protection Works within the Maitama District, Abuja.
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