The Federal Government on Tuesday launched three projects on erosion control at three different locations in the nation’s capital, Abuja and Nasarawa State. The projects, funded and executed by the Ecological Fund Office are located at Gurku in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, the University of Abuja main campus and in Kuje in Kuje Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory.
In his speech at the launch of the projects, President Muhammadu Buhari said the projects were in fulfillment of his promise that no part of the country would suffer neglect due to its geographical location or political considerations.
The president who was represented by the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barr. Mohammed Abdullahi, expressed hope that the intervention by his administration would relieve the benefiting communities of the ecological challenges that had confronted them for a long time.
A statement by the Ministry of Science and Technology said the Buhari stressed the importance of the projects in improving the lives of the communities who are direct beneficiaries, adding “the living standards of the people in the community and its environs would be enhanced. This would at the same time reduce dangers to lives and properties associated with erosion and persistent flooding”.
The president expressed optimism that the projects would provide a window of opportunities for economic growth of the communities.
On his government’s drive to implement and honour contractual agreements, he said: “Let me underscore the present administration’s determination to continue with the implementation of all genuine government policies, agreements and contracts at both national and international levels”.
He charged the communities to protect the projects and ensure that their (projects) lifetime would serve them (communities) properly.