By Murtala Muhammad
President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated erosion control and rehabilitation projects in Toro Local Government Area of Bauchi State with commitment towards addressing environmental problems across the country.
The projects include construction of six point four kilometre Rimin Zayam road, forty five-metre Polchi and thirty-metre Gwalfadako Bridges executed by the Ecological Project Office, EPO Abuja.
President Buhari, represented by the Member Representing Toro Constituency in the House of Representatives, Umar Muda Lawal assured that the projects would positively improve economic activities of the people in the axis.
He also emphasized that the projects were expected to address the devastating effects of flooding, check erosion problems and reduce dangers to people’s lives along Rimin Zayam feader road, Polchi and Gwalfadako River Bridges.
The President explained that completion of the projects have underscored the federal government’s efforts and sincerity of purpose in tackling environmental problems as well as making life better to people of the community and the country at large.
Also Speaking the Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office, EPO Abuja, Dr. Habiba Muda Lawal who said the contracts for the projects’ phase one and two were awarded under the 2019 EPO’s projects of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation following a request by the Toro community and facilitated by the Member Representing the Constituency.
Dr. Habiba Lawal who was represented by the Director of the EPO’s Pollution Control Department, Mr. Abubakar Takuma urged the benefiting communities to take ownership and protect the projects against vandalism.
The District Head of Toro, Alhaji Umar Adamu represented by the village Head of Tulai appreciated the Federal Government, President Muhammadu Buhari, EPO and Member Representing the Constituency and assured them of the community’s readiness to take ownership of the projects for the development of the LGA, the state and the country as a whole.