The Ecological Fund Office in the Presidency approved contracts for the control of Amachara gully erosion in Umoupara Umuahia and erosion control projects along Okwe-Obuohia Obi-Ibere road in Ikwuano in Abia State.
The Head of the Ecological Fund Office in the Presidency, Dr. Mrs. Habiba Lawal represented by Mrs. Ugonwanyi Ekugo, disclosed on Tuesday that the Amachara Erosion site is one out of 25 of such projects recently approved for execution by the Office.
Lawal stressed the need for cooperation between the contractor and the host community to realize the project in record time in line with the desire of the Federal Government.
Responding, a House of Representative member representing Ikwuano –Umuahia Federal Constituency, Hon. Sam Onuigbo, who attracted the Federal Government support for the award of the contracts said the projects were aimed at saving the communities from ecological disaster.
Onuigbo said the gesture has shown the importance the Government attaches to the lives of those being threatened by the gully, disclosing that project will gulp over 300 million Naira.
While commending the Federal Government for the gesture and the Ecological fund Office for fast-tracking the process, the House member called on the contractor to execute the project according to specification and complete it in record time.
He said: “We appreciate the Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Permanent Secretary Ecological Fund Office Dr. Mrs. Habiba Lawal for heeding to the cries of his people as we have over thirty-five active erosion gullies within the Ikwuano-Umuahia Federal Constituency that are yearning for urgent attention.”
He assured his constituents of sustained quality representation while collaborating with the State Government, the Senator for Abia Central Chief Theodore Orji and other representatives and stakeholders of the area to attract more democratic dividends.