The Ecological Project Office (EPO) has commissioned and handed over erosion and flood control works at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku, Rivers State.
The EPO, an agency under the presidency, stated that the risk of flooding and the negative consequences on the institution necessitated the prompt intervention.
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The acting Permanent Secretary of EPO, Dr Famous Eseduwo, while commissioning and handing over the project at the weekend, expressed optimism that the intervention would provide succour to the institution and the people whose lives and property were endangered.
According to a statement by Mrs Eno Olotu, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations at EPO, Dr Eseduwo charged the institution to make the best use of the project and ensure that it served its purpose.
He appreciated the consultant, Messrs Steron International Resources Limited; the contractor, Messrs Westfield Global Construction Limited; as well as EPO engineers, for ensuring the timely completion of the project.
The representative of President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Mpigi Barinada, said, “The completion of this project has further demonstrated Mr President’s commitment to addressing problems confronting institutions of higher learning across the country.”
Sen Barinada stated that the completed project had finally put an end to the perennial flooding in the institution.
The provost of the college, Dr Emmanuel Ikenyiri, thanked the federal government and EPO for the intervention, stating that the college had before now witnessed flood devastation annually, disrupting academic, administrative and social activities in both campuses.
He, however, appealed to EPO to help construct a lake in Campus 2 of the college to totally take care of the annual flooding in the college and reduce lecture time loss during heavy rains.
In a related development, Dr Eseduwo, in company of the Director, Drought, Desertification and Coastal Management of EPO, Haruna Bello, inspected the proposed site for the erosion and flood control works and a provision of access roads and a drainage system on the Angalabiri-Torukubu Road in Bayelsa State.