BY LAIDE AKINBOADE
ABUJA—The Federal Government Thursday, flagged off N11.5 billion worth ecological projects for the people of South East geo-political zone.

The Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, Mrs Ibukun Odusote stated this during the handing over of projects’ documents to executing agency, consultants and contractors.

Odusote said, “it is important to state that erosion and flood control projects are time-bound. The projects had to do with gully erosion control, soil and flood control with Abia having three projects, Anambra, five, Ebonyi one project, Enugu, three and Imo State, three, making 15 projects while 11 of the projects have been awarded.

“Today’s event is a demonstration of the present administration’s concern in alleviating the problems associated with erosion and flood disasters in South-East geo-political zone. All stakeholders should therefore see this occasion as an important and crucial one as it is life-saving with regards to socio-economic development of our nation”, She said

She stressed that, “all stakeholders are advised to work assiduously and conscientiously to achieve the target dates of completion of projects. On our part, we assure you of speedy processing of payment certificates to avoid delay and unnecessary request for extension of time.

“I also want to make it categorically clear that the era of undue delays in project execution and requests for frivolous extension of time of completion would no longer be tolerated. Project consultants must, therefore be up and doing in sending their monthly progress reports to my office on monthly basis”, she noted.

In his opening remarks, Director Soil Erosion and Flood Department, EFO, Jude Mekwunye, said, “you are all aware that the contract sums of all EFO projects are usually firm and fixed. There is therefore no room for variation. In the light of this, I want to encourage all the parties concerned to be up and doing, for our dreams to come through. EFO will not compromise standard.”, he said

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