N-HYPPADEC Idye Basin Erosion Control Project: SGF Urges Benue Communities To Take Ownership

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By Henry Ibya, Makurdi

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator, George Akume, has encouraged Benue communities particularly people of Idye community who are direct beneficiaries of the drainage constructed by N-HYPPADEC to take ownership by sustaining maintenance and ensuring preservation of the infrastructure for the collective good of the society.

Senator Akume who made the remarks at the formal commissioning and handing over of 1.2 km Idye Basin Erosion Control/ Hydaulic Drainage project constructed by Benue State Government in collaboration with National Hydroeletric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, N- HYPPADEC, in Makurdi, commended the commission for completing and handing over the project, stressing that the constructed drainage would mitigate flooding in the area and the entire state.

The SGF represented by minister for Environment and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, described the Idye Basin Erosion Control/Hydraulic Drainage project as important as it would turn the challenges particularly faced by residents of Nyiman community, acknowledging the efforts of N- HYPPADEC towards handling environmental degredation to promote sustainable development in the country’s power producing areas.

Governor Alia in a remark acknowledged that the project is designed to mitigate the impact of flooding which has caused devastating effect on agricultural activities of the people as well as affected safety of lives of those living along Idye area.

He commended N- HYPPADEC for the commitment shown in the project and called on benefitting communities to protect the facility against vandals by taking ownership.

On his part Managing Director of N- HYPPADEC, Abubakar Sadiq said the inauguration of the project has marked a significant milestone in efforts towards mitigating the devastating impact of flooding and erosion in the state, assuring that the project would be extended to other areas suffering flooding.

He thanked the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator, George Akume, Governor Hyacinth Alia and all National Assemly Members from the state for their various roles that made possible completion of the project.

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