The Nigerian government has pledged to execute projects across the country to entrench justice and equity.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, made the pledge in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Akpandem James in Kaduna.
He said the strategy would demonstrate the sincerity of purpose of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Udoma gave the assurance while inaugurating the soil erosion and flood control project in Kwoi town, Ham District of Jaba Local Government Area in southern Kaduna State.
The Minister said that at this critical moment of nation building and economic recovery, proper execution of people-oriented projects, would provide a window of opportunity for economic growth of communities.
Udoma said execution of people- oriented projects would also unlock the potentials which were in tandem with the Buhari administration’s policy thrust, especially on agriculture and food security.
According to him, the Kwoi erosion and flood control project is one of the ecological intervention projects approved by Buhari in August, 2016.
He said that the contract for execution of the project was awarded by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Jan. 25, 2017.
“The project is expected to check flooding and erosion menace in the communities that had for so many years been experiencing untold hardship and neglect. It is also expected to enhance the wellbeing of the people as well as reduce dangers to lives and property,” the Minister said.
Udoma said the negative impact of the twin ecological problems of erosion and flooding on the socio-economic lives of the people in any community could not be underrated.
The Minister said the intervention of the federal government had brought a huge relief to the distressed people of the communities.
He said government’s intervention on the project was very timely given the previous devastating experiences in the area.
“The people are filled with joy that the federal government came to their rescue and no doubt, the reclaimed land could be put to use for other developmental purposes,’’ the Minister added.
The approval of project by the President, he said, was a testimony to the present administration’s promise that no part of the country would suffer any neglect.
The Kpop Ham, Paramount Ruler of Ham Community, Dr Danladi Maude, thanked the federal government for embarking on the project.
Maude said the people were full of praises for Buhari “for putting a smile on the faces of Ham people”.
Gov. Nasir El’Rufai of Kaduna State, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Amina Sijuade, also appreciated the federal government for helping out on the project.
El’Rufai pledged cooperation with the federal government on other areas of intervention in the state.
Ambassador Lolo, a retired Permanent Secretary in the Federal service, who was the arrowhead of the intervention, was very grateful to the President and the federal government for the timely intervention.
Lolo said the community was persistently being harassed by erosion and was on the verge of being swept away by flood.