Former Speaker, Kolawole Commends Gov Ododo, World Bank Over Channelization of Omigbo River in Kabba

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The immediate past Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole has commended Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo for his commitment towards the welfare and well-being of the citizens, describing him as a worthy successor who keeps tap on completing all ongoing projects, programs and policies of former Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration who listed Omigbo River Channelization as one of the sites to be channeled in 2017.

He disclosed this in a message of commendation to both the current administration of Governor Ododo Usman and the leadership of Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) in Kogi State, Barrister Ladi Jatto who has been up and doing since the project commenced, stressing that he was glad that it was one of his first projects when he emergeed as the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly in August, 2017 with the Support of former Governor Yahaya Bello.

He said the commencement of payments of compensation to the people that will be affected along the channelization route of Omigbo River is commendable and urged the people to give their maximum support and cooperation to the contractor as soon the real project work starts.

He said the project is a World Bank Assisted Project aimed at addressing the challenges of land degradation and climate change in Northern Nigeria on a multi-dimensional scale, adding that the project also seeks to reduce vulnerability to soil erosion, reverse and prevent land degradation in a sustainable way that complements the natural environment.

Kolawole said the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Usman has further demonstrated his desire to ensure that the people of Omigbo community in Kabba are free from the menace associated with the gully erosion, and approved an additional sum of Six Hundred Million Naira (#600,000,000) as counterpart funds for over 200 beneficiaries in the local government area under the World Bank facilitated Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project receives their monies as a re-settlement funds.

“I want to sincerely thank the former Governor of Kogi State, H.E Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for laying a solid foundation for the growth and development of the state, this project is one of his legacies projects in Kabba-Bunu local government area”

He also used the opportunity to appreciate the former Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Kehinde Oloruntoba under whose tenure the project came to limelight, pointed out that without his support and cooperation then, the project might not see the light of the day.

He acknowledged the giant input of the former Chairman, Hon. Moses Olorunleke who ensured the realization of the project, called on the people of Kabba-Bunu to continue to give their maximum support and cooperation to Governor Ododo’s administration.

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