The Jiwa-Gwagwa community in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has commended the federal government through the Ecological Project office, (EPO) for the erosion control project in the area.
Speaking at the commissioning and handing over of the Jiwa-Gwagwa erosion control and channelisation works in the community at the weekend, Alhaji Bala Barau, the Tafida Gwagwa, commended the Ecological Project office for coming to their aid by the timely execution of the project.
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Alhaji Bala, who is the spokesman of the community, told the gathering that before now, members of the community had abandoned the road because of its state and the activities of criminals.
“Before this project was started, this road was variously referred to as Bakassi road and Sambisa forest because it was taken over by criminals. Many people could not pass here for fear of attack and molestation.
“Many of our women have lost their pregnancies because of the state of the road. But today we are happy that the federal government has remembered us. We are very grateful,” he said.
In her address, the permanent secretary, EPO, in the Presidency, Dr Habiba Lawal, said “the project was initiated through a request for an urgent Intervention forwarded to the Ecological Project Office by the Emir of Jiwa in order to arrest the continuous flooding and erosion menace; and to avoid further environmental degradation, loss of lives and properties within the community and its environs.”
In his address, Abdulmumin Muhammed Ari, the member representing Nasarawa/Toto federal constituency, said the “project is expected to check flooding and gully erosion menace in the community and its environs.