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Soil erosion control projects in South-east Nigeria to proceed

An assurance has been issued by the Federal Government for the completion of a gully erosion control project in the South-east of Nigeria worth US$92.5m. This was revealed by the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, as he briefed the State House correspondents at the closing stages of the meeting.

However, the Federal Government guaranteed to intervene in a number of related soil erosion projects, and hopefully resolve several key erosion problems in the South-east, which are well-known throughout the country to be the most pretentious when it comes to erosion.

The government hoped to thus stop the worsening of the environment and the destruction of the resident’s way of livelihood by completing, among others, the construction at the gully erosion control project in the South-east of Nigeria.

According to the Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP), Mr. Emeka Eze, the slow pace of work has lead to the swearing in of a committee to review all contracts relating to construction of erosion control projects in the region.

Expressing the commitment of the task assigned to them, the committee reported back to council on its findings and gave some recommendations that would ensure prompt completion of the projects currently ongoing and that, the ecological office is already in progress with the endorsement of all teething problems associated with the erosion projects.

Also the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has permitted a contractual sum of US$192.4m for the finishing of the 40MW electricity project involving construction of Kashim Billa Dam in Taraba State.

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