By Vivian Emoni
The federal government has urged the community and members of the Federal College of Education, Technical, Omoku in Rivers State to claim ownership of the project for its sustainability.
According to the statement of Ms. Eno Olotu, Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations, Ecological Project Office (EPO), Acting Permanent Secretary of EPO, Dr. Famous Eseduwo said this in Rivers State .
Eseduwo said this while inaugurating and handing over a project, Erosion and Flood Control Works, to the leadership of the institution.
He said the intervention would bring relief to the institution, adding that the effort was to save people whose lives and property were in danger.
“The federal government, in its continued efforts to alleviate ecological challenges across the country, has commissioned the completed erosion and flood control works at Omoku Middle School.
“The risk of flooding and the negative consequences on the establishment required rapid intervention.
“The commissioning and handover of the project should serve the dual purpose of the recipient institution and the community to take ownership of the project and ensure its sustainability,” he said.
Eseduwo instructed the institution to make the most of the project and ensure that its goal is not defeated.
He commended the efforts of the consultant, MM. Steron International Resources Limited, the contractor, Messrs. Westfield Global Construction limited and EPO engineers for their commitments.
He also appreciated the contractors who ensured minimal loss of time in the implementation of the project and its timely completion.
Senator representing Rivers South-East Senate District, Mpigi Barinada commended the federal government for responding to the aspirations of the institution through the intervention of the project.
Barinada described the pledge as “responsible and responsive administration.”
“The completion of this project further demonstrated Mr. President’s commitment to solving the challenges facing higher education institutions across the country.
“I feel honored not only because the project is in my state, but also because it is true to the promise of the current administration.
“The promise that says no part of the country will suffer neglect because of its geographical location or political considerations,” he said.
Barinada said the completion of the project finally ended the perennial flooding and its threats to the institution’s peace.
He appreciated the Governor of the State, Chief Nyesom Wike and the entire people of the State for their cooperation and facilitation of a hard feelings environment during the execution of the project.
The senator called on the beneficiaries to cherish the worthy projects.
The Provost of the College, Dr Emmanuel Ikenyiri, thanked the Federal Government and the EPO for their intervention.
Ikenyiri said the college has already witnessed flooding every year, disrupting academic, administrative and social activities on the college’s two campuses.
He, however, appealed to the EPO to help build a lake on campus two of the college to fully support the annual flooding in the college and reduce the loss of class time during heavy flooding in the college.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Eseduwo along with EPO Director, Drought, Desertification and Coastal Management, Haruna Bello inspected some projects in Bayelsa State.
The proposed site was for erosion and flood control works and provision of access and drainage roads with culverts on the state Angalabiri-Torukubu road. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Viviaan Ihechu