As part of the State Government’s efforts in controlling the menance of erosion in the State, the State government and NEWMAP has signed a contract agreement with Levant Construction Limited and Emmybless Construction Limited for the rehabilitation of Ukwu-Nzu and Obomkpa gully erosion sites both in Aniocha North LGA.
The Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG) Mr Chiedu Ebie who withnessed the signing of the contract between the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) and the construction companies said despite the downturn in the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administation of Sen, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa was committed to developing critical projects that would enhance the standard of living of citizens and residents of the State.
Mr Ebie said the State Government is partnering with the World Bank through NEWMAP to tackle erosion challenges in the State, while stating that the government had so far paid its counterpart funding of over 800 million naira for erosion control projects in the State.
He expressed government’s satisfaction with progress achieved so far at the ongoing Owanta gully erosion project which was the first contract that was signed for the control of gully erosion in the State and charged the construction companies to ensure that the project is executed on time and to specification.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Christain Onogba thanked the Delta State Governor, Sen Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his proactive efforts in tackling the gully erosion menance in some communities and stated that the importance of the projects cannot be overemphasized as it would impact positively on the residents of the affected communities and improve their livelihood which hitherto has been adversely affected as a result of the erosion in the area.
Earlier, the Project Coordinator, Delta NEWMAP, Mr Isaac Ufiofio commended His Exellency, Sen Dr, Ifeanyi Okowa for his intervention in ameliorating the sufferings of the people in the affected communities and assured that best international practices would be engaged for the project.
In the same vein, the Project Manager Levant Construction, Mr Ghassan Fadel and the MD/CEO of Emmybless Construction Limited Mr Prince Emmanuel thanked the Delta State Government for awarding the contracts to their company, while promising that they would deliver a standard project according to