Reporter : CHINAZO ILECHUKWU
The Federal Government has appealed to Nigerians, especially those living within flood prone areas, to desist from human activities that worsen ecological challenges in their communities.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the charge in a message to the inauguration and hand over of erosion control works at Umuma Isiaku in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State.
He said the project, which was executed by the Ecological Fund Office, was in line with the determination of his administration to ensure that no part of the country was left out in the developmental efforts of the government.
The President, who was represented by the Member representing Isiala Mbano, Onuimo and Okigwe Federal Constituency, Princess Miriam Onuoha, urged the benefitting community to protect the erosion control project cited in their area to justify the huge resources spent on giving the people a new lease of life.
The Permanent Secretary Ecological Fund Office Abuja, under the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Dr.Habiba Lawal, represented by Mr. Udochi Nwachukwu, said the intervention followed request by the affected community to save the people of Umuma Isiaku from further environmental degradation.
The traditional ruler of Umuma-Isiaku Ancient Kingdom, Eze Gerald Ihekaibeya, commended the government for the gesture but appealed for more interventions to save the people from the menace of flooding.
Erosion control and reinforcement of flood-threatened bridge project constructed by the Ecological Fund office at the Federal University of Technology Owerri was also handed over to the management of the university by the representative of the President.