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Government Restates Climate Change Commitment

Federal Government sets to tackle the effects of climate change on the nation

Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama

The Federal Government has said that it is aware of the challenges of climate change and thus determined to address its effects on the nation. Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said this when he inaugurated the Ecological Fund intervention projects, executed at the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu in Isiuzo Local Government Area of Enugu State on Friday, July 7, 2017.

The projects included internal roads covering four kilometers (km), soil erosion and flood control. The Minister spoke about the obvious counter effects of climate change and the challenges it poses to the people, stating that the government aims to support every community faced with this challenge.

Onyeama said: “The origin of these projects was an appeal made by the school authorities.

He also said that there was a need to make life attractive for the teeming youths in the rural areas in order to stem rural-urban migration.

Provost of the institution, Prof. Benjamin Mbah, said the projects were the first of such intervention since the start of academic activities in the institution in 1981.

He said that the actualisation of the projects had saved members of staff and students from the hazards of recurrent flooding that had wreaked havoc in the institution over the years.

Mbah said: “What we experienced then was walking unsteadily, sinking and falling on the clay and muddy road.”

The provost, however, said that the execution of the projects was just the beginning of the jobs that needed to be done to salvage the institution stating that the amount of flooding in the institution was phenomenal, adding that efforts needed to be made to put it to good use.He said that the emphasis on the diversification of the economy would be boosted in the area if the aspect of the flood water was used for agricultural production, adding that Eha-Amufu was a major rice producing area.

Speaking extensively he mentioned that the emphasis on the diversification of the economy would be boosted in the area if the aspect of the flood water was used for agricultural production, adding that Eha-Amufu was a major rice producing area.“If we can harvest the water for irrigation farming and

“If we can harvest the water for irrigation farming and an artificial pond, we can grow fishes here and get our youths employed.”Mbah appealed to the government to execute the remaining projects in the school, adding that they had requested for the construction of a12km internal roads.

Mbah appealed to the government to execute the remaining projects in the school, adding that they had requested for the construction of a12km internal roads.The project supervisor, Gabriel

The project supervisor, Gabriel Deage, said that the projects were executed in accordance with international standard.

Deage said that though they encountered several challenges in the course of executing the jobs, the projects were guaranteed to last for 20 years.

 

 

 

 

Source: Environ-News

 

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