The Federal Government has approved the sum of N31.2 billion for the construction of 40 megawatts electricity project in Kashimbila dam in Taraba State.
The government also assured of an early completion of the erosion control projects ongoing in the South Eastern part of the country, which is estimated at over N15 billion.
Briefing journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Labaran Maku, the minister of information, disclosed that the meeting was dedicated mainly to review the reports on erosion projects currently going on in the South Eastern states.
Maku, who briefed journalists alongside Onyebuchi Chukwu, the minister of health; Mohammed Wakil, minister of state for power; Khaliru Alhassan, minister of state for health, and Emeka Eze, the director general, Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP), said the meeting received progress report on the erosion project following the importance attached to it by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The president had in 2011 awarded contracts for several projects in the South East for erosion control as part of measures to fulfill his promise to the people.
Members of the Presidential Committee on Erosion and Flood Control who had visited the various communities had noted that erosion remains one of the ecological challenges affecting almost all the states in the South Eastern part of Nigeria, with some as deep as 20 feet.
According to Maku, “We devoted a substantial part of today’s Federal Executive Council meeting to review of report of the erosion control project in the South Eastern part of Nigeria.
“As you are all aware, Mr. President on assumption of governpower, promised prompt intervention in resolving some of the key erosion problems in the South East which is known throughout this country to be the most affected when it comes to erosion.
“Several communities in the South East have always been affected and Mr. President had promised to handle some of these projects in order to bring relief and stop the deterioration of the environment and the destruction of their means of livelihood”.
Also speaking at the briefing, Emeka Eze in his contribution noted that the president who was worried over the slow pace of work, had inaugurated a committee to review all the erosion control contracts in the affected area.
“Today, the committee reported back to council on its findings and recommendations to ensure speedy completion of the projects currently ongoing.
“We were reassured that the ecological office has started the ratification of all the teething problems connected with the erosion projects”, he said.
The Federal Government also approved the contract for the evacuation of the 40 megawatts hydro electricity component of the Kashimbila multipurpose hydro dam.
The contract estimated at N31.2 billion will include the development of infrastructure for evacuating power from the dam.
According to Wakil, the dam which was designed for agriculture, water supply and electricity, is expected to provide jobs for hundreds of thousands of Nigerians when completed.
The project, which will benefit over six different states in the North East, is expected be completed in 18 months.
Speaking with journalists, Onyebuchi Chukwu said contrary to reports, resident doctors were not sacked but suspended. Chukwu noted that the change in vocabulary from suspension to sack may have sent out the wrong signals.