The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zubairu Dada on Monday inaugurated and handed over the Kontagora Erosion and Flood Control Works executed by the Federal Government through the Ecological Fund Office.
During the inauguration ceremony in Kontagora, the Minister said the project was one of the twenty-three intervention projects approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the second quarter of 2018.
He said the timely completion of the project underscored the Federal Government’s commitment and sincerity of purpose in addressing the challenges of the people thereby making life more meaningful for them.
Ambassador Dada added that the commissioning and handing over of the project would provide an opportunity to the people to take ownership of the project, as well as provide security, maintenance and sustainability.
The Minister called on everyone in the community to see the project as theirs, protect and jealously guard it to ensure that it is adequately maintained.
Special Assistant on Media to Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ibrahim Aliyu in a statement disclosed that the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Sani Bello, represented by the State Commissioner for Environment, Barrister Tanko Zakari commended the Federal Government for the project and stressed the need for both direct and indirect beneficiaries of the project to avoid misuse of the project as a dumpsite.
The Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, Dr. Habiba Lawal, represented by Engineer Udochie Nwachukwu said the timely completion of the project was a result of the overwhelming support the contractors received from the government and the host community.
He said the project was initiated through a request by the member representing Kontagora, Mariga, Mashegu, and Wushishi Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon Abdullah Idris Garba.
The representatives of the host community who spoke through the Chairman, Kontagora Local Government, Alhaji Shehu S.Pawa and the representative of the Emir of Kontagora, the Bonun Kontagora, Alhaji Haruna Sai’du Namaskar both expressed happiness over the project pledging to protect and guard it.
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