Ifeanyi Onuba, Abuja
The Federal Government will continue to implement projects across the country in a manner that will show equity and fairness to all the regions of the country.
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, said this on Thursday in Kaduna while inaugurating a soil erosion and flood control project in the state.
The minister, according to a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr Akpandem James, noted that the government will continue to build the economy through proper execution of people-oriented projects.
This, he noted, would provide a window of opportunity to unlock the growth potential of economies of the states.
He explained that the flood control project in Kaduna State was in tandem with the policy thrust of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the growth of the agriculture sector and guarantee food security.
The minister explained that the erosion and flood control project in the state was one of the ecological intervention projects approved by Buhari in August 2016, for which the contract for execution was awarded by the Federal Executive Council on January 25, 2017.
“The project is expected to check flooding and erosion menace in the communities that have for so many years been experiencing untold hardship and neglect. It is also expected to enhance the well-being of the people as well as reduce dangers to lives and property,” he added.
Udoma said the negative impact of the ecological problems on the socio-economic lives of the people was enormous, adding that the intervention of the Federal Government had brought a huge relief to the distressed people of the communities.
The minister stated that the government’s intervention in the project was 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,” he added.
Udoma said the approval of the project by the President was a testimony to the present administration’s promise that no part of the country would suffer neglect.