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Nigeria Needs Over N1trn To Address Ecological Deficit

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There is an indication that Nigeria needs over N1trillion to address ecological sites’ problems across the federation. Permanent secretary of Ecological Fund Office (EFO), Dr Habiba Lawal , stated this in Abuja , yesterday while interacting with newsmen on the challenges confronting the office. She noted that the office received requests from community leaders, traditional rulers, civil society organisations, environment organisations, contractors, government officials, national assembly members, ministers, permanent secretaries, and others on ecological crisis within their area. Lawal insisted that the total funds from the federal share of derivation and ecology available to the office on a quarterly basis was between N12billion to N15billion ,adding that using N15billion as a case point would amount to N60billion per annum.

According to her, “If you get N60billion per annum and you get a request of over N1trillion, do you have enough funds,” she asked. She assured that the little fund within their disposal would be used judiciously while the projects would be timely delivered to save communities from disasters and specific ecological challenges in their areas. The permanent secretary said though the ecological fund was not within the budget system that it’s been over sighted by the relevant committees at the national assembly both at the  senate and house of representatives. “Government is concerned about the threats ecological problems pose to livelihood, ecosystem, social cohesion but most importantly, economic activities of communities that are affected,” she said. She recalled that the office held a forum in December with all EFO contractors and consultants towards improving the quality of works at the respective sites as well as improving communication for more sustainable project delivery.



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