Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has handed down stern warning to communities in Bayelsa state who are in the unwholesome habit of vandalizing government projects located in their communities.
He said henceforth, such communities would not benefit from new projects from the federal government if they continue to vandalize or fail to take proper care of projects cited in their communities.
Speaking at the commissioning and handling over a shoreline protection and land reclamation project built by the ecological funds office for the Aleibiri community in the Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa state Monday, Lokpobiri said,
“I have advised the beneficiaries of the projects we have commissioned today to own these projects, and protect it as their own and if we hear that these projects are being vandalize, government will be very hesitant to provide more infrastructures again.”
The Minister described coastal erosion as a major challenge affecting all the communities in the state but expressed worry that because of the cost implications involved in the construction of shoreline protections in the areas.
Lokpobiri who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the occasion pledge the President’s determination and commitment to the development of the entire country no matter how remote the areas may be.
He disclosed that the Aleibiri shoreline project was one, out of the 16 ecological intervention projects approved by Buhari in the second quarter of 2017 for the community, which has been experiencing serious erosion and environmental degradation challenges.
Yusuf Aliyu Adi, director, coastal management, ecological funds office, who represented the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in his remarks, commended the cordial relationship that existed between the contractor, who happens to come from the community and the people, which made the completion of the project on time.