The Federal Government has reiterated his administrations’s commitment in increasing efforts to tackle floods and erosion issues in the country, adding that the administration, “through the various agencies has been taking proactive steps to boost infrastructure development and deliver other high impact projects to the country’s citizenry”.
Speaking at the occasion, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, stated this at the official commissioning of Erosion and Flood Control Works at the Isa Bello Sali Housing Estate, Kurudu, Abuja, Thursday, 19th May, 2022.
She said the measure is “in recognition of the role such socio-economic interventions play in enhancing connectivity, safe mobility and opportunities for citizens”.
Dr. Yemi-Esan further stated that “It is, therefore, most pleasing to note that this project is well envisioned and positioned to tackle flood and erosion problems as well as to enhance the road infrastructure in the Isa Bello Sali Housing Estate, Kurudu”. The project also underscores the Administration’s sincerity of purpose and responsiveness in tackling the challenges of its citizens and making life more meaningful for us all”. For instance, from the year 2015 to date, the Federal Government, under the World Bank assisted Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Projects (NEWMAP) has made Erosion and Flood Control interventions in over 103 sites, sixty-seven of which have been completed while thirty-six are ongoing”. She explained.
“It is also pleasing to state that Mr. President, only two (2) weeks ago, approved that the Ecological Project Office carries out erosion control and road improvement works of one of our flagship estates under the Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) Scheme know as the Solutionist’s Estate in Karshi and the Amal Pepple Housing Estates received similar intervention.
She said, “these projects and many other life-saving interventions of Government are clear reaffirmation of the administration’s promise to carry every part of the country along in the spread of project implementation”. In his goodwill message, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olushade Adesola commended Mr. President , for the consistency in executing high profile ecological projects, while soliciting for more support and intervention for communities with ecological challenges, particularly in the FCT.
He noted that the FCT has taken serious preventive measures in flood-prone communities across the area councils. He urged residents of the city to desist from all activities capable of blocking the water ways.
The Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office, Dr. Habiba Lawal in her welcome remarks earlier, commended the Contractor and the Consultant for working , “assiduously and conscientiously to ensure that the project was completed on time and in accordance with the specifications as contained in the contract documents “.
She said that the purpose of the commissioning and handing-over of the project to the benefitting community, “is expected to achieve a dual purpose of enabling the host community to take over and exercise ownership over the project to ensure its care, protection as well as sustainability”.
The Chairman of the Estate residents, Mr. Sunday Odufuwa applauded the Federal Government for the timely intervention and efficiency in housing delivery, adding that, it is a reassurance of Government’s determination to reach all citizens with democratic dividends.
According to him, “you gave us platform to own our own homes and now, you have protected us from harmful effects of erosion. You have won our hearts, earned our trust and you deserve our gratitude.
On behalf of the residents of Isa Bello Sali Housing Estate, I say a big thank you to the Federal Government”.
The occasion witnessed the unveiling of the plaque and the handing-over certificate of completion of the project to the Chairman of the Estate, Mr Sunday Odufuwa.
Part of the Erosion and Flood Control Project commissioned today.