The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has set up a committee to assess erosion projects in the south east to ascertain their completion periods.
The committee which is headed by the Director-General, Bureau for Public Procurement, Engineer Emeka Eze is to check the extent of damage caused by the age-long erosion, report contractors that are not fulfilling the details of their contracts and check the environmental effects of erosion and its control for purposes of sanctions.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, who briefed journalists on the outcome of the meeting, said there is also a window that is being thrown open to enable private businessmen provide infrastructures in erosion ravaged areas in the region under the private public partnership.
The Minister of Environment, Hadiza Melafa, stated that the Ministry has set up machinery to face all areas of the environment amidst daunting challenges.
In related development, the Federal Government also announced the kick-starting of activities slated for the nation’s centenary celebration in 2014.
The President will unveil the activities that touch on the ‘Unity, Diversity and The Uniqueness of the Nigerian Nation 100 Years After Amalgamation.’
FEC called on the private sector and all Nigerians to key in to the activities.
Just back from the AU Summit, the President presided over the council meeting on a day the Ministry of the Environment and that of Trade and Investment tendered the score card on the performance of their ministries in 2012.
The Minister of Trade and Investments beat his chest that trade in Nigeria has gone up to 25 per cent, promising to introduce a new auto policy soon.