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FEC approves N16bn for ecological projects in Imo, Ogun

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N16.04 billion ecological fund projects across 12 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) for soil erosion/flood and pollution control interventions.

This was disclosed by special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina while addressing state house correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting on Wednesday.

Adesina explained that the approved funds for the projects (N16,041,101,334.79), inclusive of 7.5 percent value-added tax (VAT), is for the third and fourth quarters of 2020.

He said projects for implementation include: “Erosion, Flood Control, Bridge Reconstruction and Road improvement at Umulmenyi Nkpa Communities of Bende LGA, Abia State; Gully Erosion Control Works at Umuokoro Lower Okata Community, Ihitte/Uboma LGA, Imo State.

“Imaku Omi Erosion Control Project, Ogun Waterside Local Government (Phase II), Ogun State; Afforestation, Combating Land Degradation, Road Improvement Measures in Aworiosun, Ikoyi Agroforestry Community, Isokan LGA, Osun State.

“Erosion Control at Calabar Free Trade Zone, Calabar, Cross River State; and Erosion and Road Improvement Works at Yelwa Primary School and Police Station Road, Yola, Adamawa State”.

Adesina said other projects are ecological problems at “Federal College of Education Technical, Gombe, Gombe State; Flood and Erosion Menace Affecting Lau Community and its Environs in Lau LGA, Phase II, Taraba State.

“Erosion and Flood Control at Birnin Kudu, Budiga, Babaidu, Kafin Gana, Sammiya/ Buji LGA, Gofara, Yayarin Tukur, Birnin Kudu LGA, Jigawa State; Flood Erosion Control Works from Kano Road to Main Water Channel in Daura, Katsina State, Phase II,” he added.

“Asa River/Isale Koko Erosion and Flood Control Project, Ilorin East LGA, Kwara State; Erosion Flood Control and Environmental Degradation in Agaie and Lapai Community, Niger State.

“Soil Erosion, River Channelization and Slope Protection within Maitama District (Phase III), Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja”.

The presidential spokesman further said FEC also approved the revised estimated total cost on the contract to construct Damaturu-Gasua-Nguru 132 kVA double circuit transmission line for Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

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