The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife, has flagged off, the construction of a six kilometer road in Uke, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, South-east Nigeria on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The six kilometer Igwe Ileka- Eke Market- Mpia road is a sponsored project by Mrs Ekwunife as part of her quest to ensure a good road network within the communities.
She said on completion, the road would improve the inter-village communication and create access to markets.
Mrs Ekwunife urged the residents of the community to support the PDP and President Jonathan’s re-election bid for more dividends of democracy.
Residents of the community expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for the road project and promised to support her and the president during the elections.
Mrs Ekwunife rounded her visit to Uke, with a chat with school students, whom she urged to tell their parents to vote for the PDP in the forthcoming general elections rescheduled to March 28 and April 11.
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment, Hon Uche Ekwunife has advocated stiffer penalties for environmental polluters.
Hon. Ekwunife, who spoke at a news briefing with National Assembly Correspondents, also called for a national policy that would check cases of environmental degradation at all levels of government.
According to her “protecting the environment is the duty of all and that the environment is a reflection of the well being of a nation”.
States and local governments in Nigeria have been advised to apply ecological funds to judiciously address the ecological challenges such as erosion in their areas.
The chairman of the house committee on environment, Honorable Uche Ekwunife, said this after the committee inspected some projects in Abia and Ondo states.
The lawmaker noted that state and local governments should not be depending on the federal government to address problems in their area.
Increasingly, more areas in the country are being confronted by series of ecological problems that the ecological fund was set up by the federal government to address.
How well these problems are being addressed is question federal lawmakers sought to answer when they inspected erosion control projects in some states in the country.
After the inspection, the lawmakers were clear that states and local governments have to do more to address the problem.
This was the position the lawmaker also put forward when the delegation met with the deputy governor of Abia state.
The deputy governor of Abia state, Emeka Ananaba assured the committee that the state is ready to do whatever is necessary to address the challenges.
The committee is to come up with a report from this inspection visit that will help the three tiers of government work together to address ecological challenges facing the country.