Minister gives out smart phones, engages 46, another commissions erosion project in Calabar


Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq

By Akpan David, Calabar

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq as well as Minister of state for power Gody Jedy-Agba were in Calabar simultaneously to exercise their governmental functions.

Farouq gave out smart phones and engagement letters to 46 persons to help the federal government monitor its various poverty reduction programmes in the state.

Farouq was represented at the flag- off exercise by the humanitarian affairs director/resource management, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Babatunde Jaji.

She charged beneficiaries of the programme to ensure that the electronic devices are actually used to monitor the programme effectiveness.

She explained that the engagement of Independent Monitors for NSIP, is one of the strategies employed to ensure that the programme achieve the desired results, adding that 5000 Independent Monitors are billed to be engaged.

Farouq charged the independent monitors to monitor them in schools, households and market clusters on a routine basis, using a standardized reporting tools which had been made available in hard and electronic copies stressing that such initiative will help help measure the impact of the Programme.

Similarly, minister of state for power commissioned erosion and flood control project at Uyuanga-Ojor-Ufumkpa-Owai in Akamkpa local government area of Cross River State.

Jedy-Agba did the commissioning on behalf of the president, saying federal government spent N700, 000 000 to complete it.

He said it was executed by the Ecological Fund Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and that it is one of the 23-ecological interventions in the second phase implemented across the six geopolitical zones.

The minister added that the project was approved in 2018 and awarded by the federal executive council in 2019.

He opined that the project is expected to address the devastating effects of erosion and flood menace and improve motorable road to the communities.

“The completion of this project underscores the federal government’s concerted efforts and sincerity in tackling problems of its citizens and making life more meaningful. I have no doubt that this intervention will bring a huge relief to the communities which have had to cope with ecological challenges for years.

“This project is a testimony to the present administration’s promise that no part of the country will suffer any neglect owing to its geographical location or political consideration”.

While urging the communities to take ownership and maintain the project, the President said that “this project would reduce the dangers to lives and properties associated with erosion and persistent flooding that had been experienced in recent times”.

On her part, former Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita who nominated the project thanked the President for his prompt approval and support throughout the duration of the project.

Commmebding the federal government, commissioner for environment, Mfon Bassey the project was in line with efforts of state government to address erosion problems in the state.

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