ECOLOGICAL FUND OFFICE SUES FOR PEACE AND SUPPORT FOR CONTRACTORS
Matari, Soba Local Government Area, Kaduna State during the week hosted a Pre- Project Sensitization and Awareness Creation organized by the Ecological Fund Office to drum support for contractors.
While addressing the stakeholders, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Habiba Lawal stated the aim of the event was to bring together the contractors, consultants and the benefitting communities with a view to soliciting for peace and support for the contractors.
Mrs. Esther Kolade who represented the Permanent Secretary, noted that the Federal Government would not want any delay occasioned by controversies between the contractors and the host communities. She emphasised the need for peaceful and rancor free environment to enable contractors deliver timely and quality projects for the benefit the community.
Dr .Lawal revealed that some communities make demands on contractors while others dictated the way projects should be executed which may cause disputes and also slow down the pace of work. She advised that genuine and legitimate demands including complaints on the performance of any contractor should be channeled through community heads /traditional rulers, who would in turn forward same to EFO rather than resorting to violence that would stop the progress of work.
Lawal reiterated the Federal Government’s Commitment to addressing critical ecological challenges across the country to forestall environmental degradation, loss of lives and properties. She appealed to the Local Government Leaders, Royal fathers, Youth and Religious leaders to prevail on their people to support and cooperate with Government to serve them better.
In his remarks,the Soba Local Government Chairman Hon. Mohammed Mahmmud Makama on behalf of matari community commended the Federal Government for the laudable project brought to them. He noted that Soba community was a peaceful place that welcome development and pledged support for contractors as well as a violence-free environment to ensure a speedy completion of the project.
The Chairman revealed that the ongoing project was one of the few projects forwarded to the Federal Government through Ecological Fund Office for intervention. He also disclosed that Min. of Agric was working towards establishing Solar Energy System, build bridges and road in the community.
Present at the event were the Mohammed Mahmmud, sabo Local Government Chairman, Mohammed Lawan, District head of matari, Alhaji Adamu Musa village head of matari among other members of the Matari community.
EFO projects before intervention