President Muhammad Buhari
President Muhammad Buhari

FG Commissions 4.5km Erosion Control Works in Uvu Community

The Federal Government of Nigeria has commissioned and handed over to Borno State Government a 4.5km drainage system with culverts for the benefit of Uvu community in Askira Uba Local Government Area, Borno State.

Performing the official commissioning and handover ceremony on Friday, 13th July, 2018 on behalf of the Presidency was the Honourable House of Representatives Member representing ldeato LGA of Imo State and a member house committee on Environment, Hon Austin Chukwukere.

Delivering President Muhamadu Buhari’s keynote address, the Hon member recognised the great agricultural potential of the people of Uvu community which according to him had necessitated the quick intervention from the Federal Government. He said that the intervention came as one of the developmental packages meant not only to solve the ecological challenges but also to productively engage the Uvu community and entice them back to farm which is in line with the policy thrust of the present administration in terms of agriculture and food security.

He reiterated that the present administration’s
policy on diversification of economy would be complimented with the provision of infrastructural framework which would go a long way in addressing the challenges and threats to lives and property.

Hon. Chukwukere however implored the benefitting community to reciprocate the kind gesture of the Federal Government by optimizing the reclaimed land for other developmental/agricultural purposes.

Earlier in her speech, the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, Dr Mrs Habiba Lawal who was represented by the project manager, Mr. Sanni Baba thanked the contractor for the timely completion of the project. she explained to the audience that the handover ceremony was meant to achieve a dual purpose of enabling the host community to take over and exercise ownership over the project and to ensure its care and sustainability. She also appealed to the Uvu community that the resources which the Federal Government had committed on the project should not be allowed to waste.

The Emirates of Uvu, Askira Uba community, His Royal highness, Emir of Uba, Alh. lBN Ismaila Mamza ll who received the team from Abuja during a courtsey visit paid to him in his palace expressed his profound gratitude to the Federal Government and indeed to Mr. President, President Muhamadu Buhari.

The community members were not left out in expressing their joy over the project. They displayed their cultural dance skills. The students, pupils and teachers within the project community all stood still to welcome the team from the Presidency. The entire community pledged their total support for Mr President’s second term in office.

Present at the event were: the representative of Borno state Government, the community leaders and the Press crew.
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