By Aaron Ossai
Worried by the ecological challenges across the country, the House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Funds has pledged to change the narrative from what it used to be to a more sanitised system.
Chairman of the Committee, Aminu Jaji who made the commitment on during the inaugural meeting of the Committee assured that the Committee will not only carry out its usual oversight functions but will ensure the system is properly sanitised.
He said already, more than 50 request from members on how to address the ecological challenges in their States are before the 10th House regretting that people are using ecological projects as a way of making money.
“We as a Committee have to stop this. We have to carry out need assessment ourselves across the 36 States of the federation before funds can be disbursed for it. We’ll ensure that the narrative is changed”, he said.
While urging the Committee to focus on how to address the ecological challenges like desertification in the north, erosion in the South East among others in different parts of the country, the Chairman charged its Committee to come up with innovations to tackle it.
The Committee promised to collaborate with all stakeholders including members of the immediate past Committee to see how ecological challenges in the country can be addressed.
Member of the Committee, Hon. Julius Pondi who also chairs Committee on Environment while commending the leadership for selecting some technocrat to be part of the ecological funds Committee, advised that if only the Chairman can be firm in his decisions, the Committee will achieve its desired result.