By Raphael Jov, Abuja
The Federal Government has assured that no part of the country will suffer any neglect owing to its geographical location or political consideration.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Boss Mustapha gave the assurance at the commissioning and hand over of three Ecological Fund Projects in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
This was contained in a press release signed by Lawrence Ojabo, Director (Information) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The projects are Gully Erosion Control Works at Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja; Reconstruction of damaged Culvert and Road improvement Works at Saburi, Abuja Municipal Area Council; and Jikwoyi Gully Erosion and Flood Control Works, Abuja.
At the university, Mr. Mustapha stated that the Federal Government’s execution of the Ecological intervention projects across the country, demonstrates the sincerity of purpose of the Buhari led administration towards entrenching justice, equity and fair play to all and sundry.
He stated that the Veritas university community faced challenges because of bad roads and gully and soil erosion.
The Federal Government’s intervention was therefore intended to bring relief to the sufferings of the university community and improve the learning environment.
He charged the members of the community to take responsibility for maintaining and protecting the project and prevent indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the constructed drainage channels. He commended the Emir of Bwari, Alhaji Mohammed Awal Ijakoro and members of the university community for providing a rancour-free environment during the execution of the project.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Micheal Kwanashie thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the intervention project in the University, which has brought relief to the community and afforded a more conducive atmosphere for learning.
He appealed to the Federal Government to ensure the completion of the entire scope of the works covering more stretches of degraded land within the university.
He said the school was open to all Nigerians regardless of their faith or state, and that school fees were considerably affordable, to ensure that the poorest of the poor in the society attained University Education.
The Chairman of Bwari Area Council Hon. Dr. Musa Dikko stated that the completion and the handover of the project had put a lie to claims that the Federal Government had not performed. He pledged the support of his people for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
Present at the occasion were the Permanent Secretaries in charge of the Cabinet Affairs Office, Barr. Ehuria Georgina, Special Services Office, Mr. Alo Williams, General Services Office, Olusegun Adekunle Esq, and Ecological Fund Office, Dr. Habiba Lawal.
At the Saburi project site, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation said the project which was completed five months ago was intended to reconstruct damaged culverts and properly channel waste and flood water into a safe discharge point. This was to prevent Erosion and flooding within the community and to protect lives and properties.
The scope of the project also included road improvement works to ease pedestrian and vehicular access to the community. The community hitherto was experiencing serious flooding, environmental degradation and inaccessible road, which necessitated the prompt intervention from the Federal Government.