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The construction team of the Federal Government will this week arrive in Imo State next week to conduct a NEEDS assessment on erosion sites.
This initiative aims to address the devastating effects of erosion on communities.
Senator Osita Izunaso who is the senator representing Imo West, made this known to reporters on Sunday in Owerri while laying foundation stone of two skill acquisition centres in Urualla and Umukegwu Akokwa, Ideato North Local Government.
On the erosion menace in his senatorial district, particularly in Ideato, he said: ‘In fact, the Federal Government was ready for the past two weeks to come and do NEEDS assessment on the erosion issue. They will be here one week or two weeks to do a NEEDS assessment of the erosion sites in the area. So that it can properly be factored into the budget of 2024.’
On the skills acquisition centres, he said: ‘When we were campaigning we made a lot of promises. I am not the kind of person that will make a promise and I will not keep to it. I promised communities skill acquisition centres. And today we are laying the foundation stone. The contract has been awarded and they have started work. There will be borehole besides the skill acquisition centres itself.
‘You can see the communities are excited. The traditional rulers and women are here. The most important thing is for them to protect the project. They should secure it. They should ensure that things that will be put inside there are secured. Because the project is for the benefit of all.’
According to one of the contractors at the project site, Queen Quilare, ‘we have a supporting facility like two offices. We have convinces. We also have storage facilities. To complement it, we also have borehole. Excavation is going on.’
He said that would be completed in three months’ time.
‘Hopefully we will finish in three months’ time. But we are asking for extra two weeks to be able to meet up with our promises.’