FEDERAL government through the Ecological Fund Office (EFO), in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has commissioned and handed over a laudable project of flood and erosion control around Ochanja Market Onitsha, for the benefit of the residents of Onitsha community and it’s environs.
During the event, Deputy Governor of Anambra State Dr. Nkem Okeke commended the member representing Onitsha North and South constituency, Lynda Ikpeazu, for attracting such laudable project to her community.
Okeke therefore called on the Ministry of Environment to provide trash bins all over the community, and for a contractor to pick up trash, “we don’t want refuse in the drains to avoid being silted up. It costs a lot of money to desilt drains. We must maintain this project to attract new projects in new areas”.
In his keynote speech, the special guest of honour, Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Education, Anthony Anwuka, said the approval of this project by President Buhari is a testimony to the present administration’s promise, that no part of the country will suffer any neglect, owing to it’s geographical location or political consideration.
Prof. Anwuka clearly stated that the completion of this project will enhance the living standard of the people in Onitsha South Local Government Area and it’s environs. It would also reduce dangers to lives and properties associated with erosion, and persistent flooding that had posed a problem in recent times.
The minister, who appreciated Governor Obiano, as well as the residents of Onitsha for their cooperation and provision of a rancour free environment during the course of the project execution, also implored the communities around this environs, to cherish the laudable project by preventing indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drainage channels.
Earlier in an address, the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, Dr. Habiba Lawal, said this project was initiated through requests for an urgent intervention forwarded to their office by Lynda Ikpeazu, to arrest the continuous erosion menace and improve the access road.
Speaking to National Light, the Managing Director, Wax Engineering Services, Nurudeen Abdulkareem, said around Fegge community, the road spread across streets, with a total link of 5.2km of drains of different sizes to contain water and discharge into safe discharge points.
Lynda Ikpeazu appreciated the EFO and SGF, for listening to her plea and coming to their rescue, when the flood caused a lot of havoc in Onitsha, “many could not trade and a lot of people lost their lives” she said.