The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has inaugurated an erosion control project at Ibiaku and Nduetong Oku communities in Uruan and Uyo Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Akwa Ibom. The N1. 69 billion project was initiated in 2018.
According to Akpabio, the project was one of the 18 ecological intervention projects approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in the first quarter of 2018. He commended the president for intervening in the area, noting that the project would stabilise the socio-economic wellbeing in the two communities.
The minister emphasized that he had no doubt in his mind that the Federal Government intervention would bring succor to the impacted communities which had been at the receiving end of ecological disasters.
Speaking further, the minister posited that the current Mujammadu Buhari-led administration had shown commitment to tackling environmental problems in rural areas across the country. He called on Akwa Ibom people to continue supporting the federal government in its efforts to deliver on its pre-electioneering promises.
On his part, Mr. Nwachukwu Nwachukwu, a Deputy Director in the Ecological Fund Office, who was represented by Dr Habiba Lawal, the Permanent Secretary in the office, concurred that the project would help to arrest the continuous erosion and flood in the communities. He urged residents of the communities to protect the project and to refrain from dumping waste in drainage and stop all forms of mining near the project.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta, Sen. Ita Enang, thanked the president for the project. According to him, the project, apart from solving the ecological challenges affecting the area, had created jobs for youths of the area. Obong Aniefiok Samuel, the Chairman of Ndueotong, noted that steep gully had almost cut off the council from neighbouring community in Uruan council. He also noted that erosion almost sunk the famous EKASUS Secondary and Technical College before the federal government intervened. He also stated that the gully erosion made it impossible for the people of Ibiaku Uruan to access their community through this road.