President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a number of Ecological Fund Intervention Projects for the 4th Quarter of 2016.
A statement by the Director (Press) in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, said that the approved projects spread across the 6 Geo-Political Zones are located in 11 States.
The projects and their various locations included erosion and flood control project of rice fields in Suru, Bagudu and Shanga Local Government areas of Kebbi State, remediation of sludge at Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (Phase II), Kaduna State.
Others include Flood and Erosion Control Works in Abeokuta Township Ogun State, Channelization and De-Silting of Okoko and Ogbagba Rivers in Osogbo Township, Osun State, Adiabo Okutikang Beach Gully Erosion Control Works, Odukpani Local Government Area in Cross River.
Also approved are Remediation of Sludge Pit and Oil Spillage at Warri Refinery (Phase II), Delta State, Mubi Flood Erosion Control Works and River Yadzaram Training (Phase I) in Adamawa State,
Others are Erosion and Flood Control Works in Bogoro Towa, Bogoro Local Government Area and in Gadon Toro/Market Road, Toro Local Government Area in Bauchi State, Erosion Control Works at Nda, Nnobi and, Agbor, Idemili Local Government Area in Anambra, Owalla – Avuvu Erosion Control Works (Phase II) in Imo State, Amper Flood Hazards and Erosion Control Works; Gully Erosion Control Works at Federal Government College, Itobi in Benue State.
The statement said that the execution of the projects will address the challenges of gully and soil erosion, incessant flooding and air pollution that have ravaged the impacted communities and caused loss of lives in certain instances.
“When these projects are completed, the sufferings of the affected communities will be ameliorated. There will be increased food production which will stimulate the economy and lead to the creation of jobs.” It stated