The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government, under his watch, will continue to provide infrastructure to Nigerians for the enhancement of socio-economic development, connectivity, and mobility.
This was disclosed by the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, who represented Mr President, during the commissioning and handing over of erosion and flood control project at the Isa Bello Sali Housing Estate, Kurudu, FCT, on Thursday May 19, 2022, in Abuja. The Project, which was executed by the Ecological Project Office (EPO), geared at tackling perennial flood and the menace of erosion bedevilling the Estate.
The scope of work of the project entails the construction of 2.3 kilometres of asphaltic road, construction of 3 box culverts and improvement on 3 others, construction of a 3.7-kilometre trapezoidal side drains and the improvement of another 750 meters, provision of 82 precast access slabs, stone pitching of eroded areas, construction of round-about and provision of kerbs,
Dr Yemi-Esan explained that the project underscores the Administration’s sincerity of purpose and responsiveness in tackling environmental challenges. She added that such life-saving interventions in all nooks and crannies of the country reaffirm the present Administration’s promise to evenly spread projects across the country.
According to her, between the year 2015 to date, the Federal Government, under the World Bank assisted Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, has carried out more than 103 erosion and flood control interventions, out of which 67 have been completed, while 36 are still ongoing.
The Head of Service of the Federation commended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, the Permanent Secretary, EPO, Dr Habiba Lawal, the Management team and project handlers for their commitment at ensuring timely and speedy completion of projects across the country.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office, Dr Habiba Lawal, revealed that the dual purpose of the commissioning and handing over of the project are, to enable the host community take over, exercise ownership as well as ensure sustainability.
Dr Lawal applauded the leadership of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, for her marked distinction at handling the affairs of the Federal Civil Service. She further appreciated the Contractor, Messrs AH Properties and Construction (Nig) Limited and the Consultants, Messrs Walton Consulting for their timely completion and delivering of the project, which will impact positively on the lives of the people living within the Estate.
In his goodwill message, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mallam Mohammed Bello, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olushade Adesola, stated that the implementation of the project is in line with the Administration’s resolve to impact positively on the lives of all Nigerians. He further appreciated the Ecological Project Office for the enormous quantity of projects completed.
While appreciating the tremendous contribution of the Federal Government for the timely intervention, the Chairman of the Residents’ Association, Mr Sunday Odufuwa, informed the gathering that the only Round-about in the estate has been named after Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan.
Deputy Director, Communications
19th May, 2022