President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a number of Ecological Fund Intervention Projects for 11 states of the federation.
The projects which are part of the intervention for the 4th Quarter of 2016 are spread across the 6 Geo-Political Zones of Nigeria.
A statement signed by the Director, Press, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi listed the Erosion and Flood Control Project of Rice Fields in Suru, Bagudu and Shanga Local Government Areas of Kebbi state; the Remediation of Sludge at Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (Phase II) in Kaduna state; Flood and Erosion Control Works in Abeokuta Township in Ogun state as well as Channelization and De-Silting of Okoko and Ogbagba Rivers in Osogbo Township in Osun state.
Other intervention projects as listed in the statement are; “Adiabo Okutikang Beach Gully Erosion Control Works, Odukpani Local Government Area (Cross River); Remediation of Sludge Pit and Oil Spillage at Warri Refinery (Phase II) in Delta state; Mubi Flood Erosion Control Works and River Yadzaram Training (Phase I) in Adamawa state; 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 state; 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 added that “the execution of these projects will address the challenges of gully and soil erosion, incessant flooding and air pollution that has 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”.