EPO Perm Sec pledges fair spread of intervention projects, commends Veritas University for Community CSR

Malam Shehu Ibrahim, mniPermanent Secretary EPO (7th L); Vice-Chancellor of Veritas University, Prof Hyacinth Ichoku (7th R); EPO Directors and Team from Veritas University

The Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office (EPO), Malam Shehu Ibrahim, mni has stated that the Office will continue to spread its intervention projects fairly to benefiting communities to avoid bickering amongst states within the same geo-political zones, adding that EPO encourages synergy with the States and Local Governments in the use of their ecological fund allocations to address the ecological challenges bedeviling the country.

He stated this when he received on separate courtesy visits, Mohammed Ndarani, SAN in company of others and  a delegation from Veritas University led by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Hyacinth Ichoku, respectively, at the EP Conference Room, Thursday, 20th October, 2022.

EPO PS, Malam Shehu Ibrahim, mni with Mohamed Ndarani (SAN) and his team with EPO Management Staff during the Courtesy visit.

He said their requests for intervention have been captured in the Office’s databank which is usually the preliminary intervention procedure and said it is ‘a good step in the right direction and a work in progress’, stating that appropriate actions will be taken based on their merits.

EPO PS, Malam Shehu Ibrahim, mni with the Vice-Chancellor of Veritas University, Prof Hyacinth Ichoku and his teams with EPO Management Staff

The Permanent Secretary commended the Vice Chancellor of Veritas University, Abuja,  Professor Ichoku and his team for their Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR)  to the  Bwari Community for providing a Transformer, Borehole, Police Post, and equipping  the vigilante group to beef up the security  in the community. He said it was a proactive step not to only assuage the community but to also give them a sense of belonging.

Speaking earlier, Mohammed Ndarani, SAN, had commended EPO for prompt response to his letter of requests and appealed for quick intervention to the ravaging ecological challenge in his community of Vinchi and other surrounding communities in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State. He said the situation was beyond their capacity, hence the passionate appeal to the Federal Government through EPO.

Prof. Ichoku on his part also appealed to EPO for quick intervention in the erosion menace around the University and the Bwari  community to avoid the degeneration of the situation, stating that the erosion challenge has not only threatened the university complex but also the entire Bwari community. He disclosed that the university had involved in minor remedial works to tackle the situation but that the deep gully erosion threat was beyond its capacity.

The Vice Chancellor further informed of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the Bwari Community to include: the provision of Transformers, boreholes, police post and equipping of the vigilante group to beef up the security in the area.

Malam Shehu Ibrahim, mni Permanent Secretary EPO (M); Mohammed Ndarani, SAN (5th R), EPO Directors and Team from Ndarani

The Director, Pollution Control EPO, Mr Clinton Igwe and Director, Soil Erosion and Flood Control, Malam Abubakar Takuma, had also explained that the Office does not have the resources to attend to all the requests from the states and advised that Nigerians should also channel their requests to their state governments for intervention.

Other directors present at the event were, Director, Drought, Desertification, And Coastal Zone Management (DDCM), Malam Haruna Bello and Director, Procurement, Malam Abdullahi Mohammed.

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