Governor Ihedioha Flags-off 9.8bn Erosion Control Project At Urualla, Pays N500M -
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Gov Ihedioha flags-off 9.8bn Erosion Control
Project at Urualla.
—pays N500M counterpart fund
The governor of Imo State, Rt Hon Emeka
Ihedioha has flagged -off the Ezemazu
Urualla Gully Erosion erosion control project
at Urualla in Ideato North Local Government
Council of Imo state.
The project which costs Nine Billion, Nine
Hundred and Eighty One Million, Seven
Hundred and Sixty Five Thousand,Five
Hundred and Fourteen Naira, Fourteen Kobo,
(₦9,981,765,514.14), is supervised by
Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management
Project (NEWMAP), while a reputable
Construction Company, Arab Contractors will
handle the project.
The governor said that his administration
had paid the N500M counterpart funding to
Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management
Project (NEWMAP), an agency of the World
Bank, under the Federal Ministry of
Environment and Natural Resources, to
bring lasting solutions to the problems of
erosion in the state and open doors for
Development partners to come into the
State.
He said, "it is the priority of the government
to safeguard lives and properties of Imolites.
Erosion poses a threat to both. Hence when
NEWMAP called on the state government for
partnership, I directed that half a billion
Naria counterpart funding be paid to the
agency whose track records are known to
the us.
The Imo number one who commissioned
the erosion control scheme at Ideato North
civic center, decried the infrastructural decay
in the state and financial recklessness of the
past administration but assured that his
administration is prepared for governance
and in a hurry to redevelop the state.
Gov Ihedioha said, "We are in a hurry to
redevelop Imo State and we will stop at
nothing to restore the glory days of the
state. Records available to us suggest that
huge amount of money was mapped out by
the previous administration to remedy the
menace of erosion in Ideato North and
other places, sadly but unsurprisingly, the
projects were not carried out and the funds
were not accounted for, leaving the
residents at the mercy of flooding for the
past five years"
"The site has no doubt discouraged
economic activities between Orsu and
Ideato North Local Government Councils as it
links to a major market in Orsu LGA,
Ekeututu Market”.
The governor noted that no government can
succeed without partnering with agencies
like NEWMAP, "What we commissioned today
is a project worth 9.8 billion Naria but we
only had to pay half a billion to have access
to it. This is so because we know how to
properly engage the services of agencies
like NEWMAP for the development of our
state.
Reassuring that both rural and urban areas
would get equal attention from the
government, "We came here to keep to our
words that IMO will be on one page.
I said there will be no north, there will be no
south. IMO will be a one stop shop. What is
important to us is to improve the quality of
lives of our people irrespective of where you
came from," the governor said.

In his remarks, the team leader of NEWMAP,
Dr Amos Abu, said Gov Ihedioha had shown
purpose in leadership and interest in the
welfare of Imolites. He noted that Ihedioha
displayed wisdom by cashing in on the olive
branch extended by the agency.
Dr Abu, who was represented by the
National Project coordinator of NEWMAP,
Alhaji Salisu Dahiru, said," The erosion site is
the biggest of all the works NEWMAP is
doing in Nigeria. Imo governor is interested
in the welfare of his people. The Community
and the people must consider themselves
lucky for having a governor that is
interested in bringing projects home”.
“For more than 8 years we have had this
golly erosion site. In less than two months,
the project has been flagged off by the
Governor. That for us is a mark of
leadership”, Dahiru noted.
The Governor was accompanied by Barr.
Chima Nwana, the Deputy Chief if Staff, Barr.
PGU Madu, the Chief Technical Adviser, Mr
Chinedu Okpalaeke, Chief Chineme Ihuaku,
Permanent Secretaries, among other top
Government officials.

(07-11-2019, 09:07 PM )
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