Reprieve for Ideato communities as Ikenga Ugochinyere captures Umuchima erosion menace in FG’s 2024 budget

The member representing Ideato Federal Constituency, Hon. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere has expressed deep gratitude to the Federal government for allocating funds to address the worsening Umuchima gully erosion in the 2024 budget.

In a statement, Ugochinyere lauded President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for including budgetary provisions in both the 2023 Supplementary Appropriation Act and the 2024 budget to tackle the environmental threat. He acknowledged this as a significant outcome of months of lobbying and advocacy on behalf of the good people Ideato Federal Constituency.

Ugochinyere however highlighted his reservations about the sufficiency of the allocated amount. He emphasized the vast scale of the Umuchima erosion disaster, requiring a more substantial intervention plan to achieve a lasting solution.

Ugochinyere, echoing the concerns of Ideato people, appealed to President Tinubu for additional funding to definitively address this environmental challenge. He expressed his gratitude to several government officials who played instrumental roles in securing the initial budgetary allocation. He particularly thanked the Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi; the Chief of Staff to the President, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the Green Chambers, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and the Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Hon. Abubakar Bichi.

The Rep member urged the Ministry of Works to prioritize the selection of a reputable construction company with a proven track record for swift and impactful interventions. He emphasized the urgency of the situation due to the impending rainy season, which could worsen the erosion and cause further devastation.

Ugochinyere called upon the Ideato people to remain steadfast in their advocacy. He stressed the importance of raising awareness and maintaining pressure to ensure a permanent resolution to this long standing issue, which has been neglected by past administrations.

He reiterated his unwavering commitment to lobbying and advocating at all levels of government to secure lasting solutions for Umuchima and the Ideato Federal constituency, despite his limitations of not wielding executive power

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