The Nigerian Government has commissioned a Soil Erosion and Flood Control Project in Udi local government area of Enugu State, South Eastern Nigeria.
The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu who represented the Secretary to the Government of Nigeria, Babachir Lawal, observed that the project was among 15 ecological projects in the South East geo-political zone initiated by the Federal Ministry of Environment and inherited by the Buhari administration.
According to him, “This project which began 10 years ago, suffered some delays as a result of logistic problems, difficulty of the terrain and unbridled corruption”.
“This commissioning and handing over of the project could not be done earlier than now, because of the reasons stated above. Glory be to God that it could be said that without President Buhari’s raging war against corruption this commissioning and handing over ceremony may not be taking place today”, Okechukwu said.
The Director General however thanked President, Muhammadu Buhari, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, whom he represented and the host state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for making this project a reality.
He also called on the people of Obinagu, Akpulu, Enugueze-Umunneobagu communities in the State to ensure that drainages and drainage systems are kept clean and devoid of dumping of refuse.
Earlier, the Director of Soil Erosion and Flood Control, Ecological Fund Office, Engr. Felix Okeke said the project is a landmark achievement by the Ecological Fund Office for commissioning the project and handing it over to the benefitting communities.
According to Okeke, ” the commissioning and handing over ceremony is intended to achieve the taking over of the ownership of the project by the benefitting communities and state to ensure its care, maintenance and sustainability”.