FG Seeks N62Billion World Bank Fund To Tackle Erosion In South-East Nigeria
Abuja – President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that the federal government is negotiating for a N62billion ($400million) special fund from the World Bank to tackle the menace of erosion in the South East.
President Jonathan made this known while speaking to a delegation of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, who paid him a visit on Monday.â€œWe are getting $400million, a special fund from the World Bank, to tackle the erosion in the South East. This is apart from the line votes in the budget for checking erosionâ€ he stated.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity; Dr Reuben Abati, stated that â€œPresident Jonathan expressed personal pain and sadness at the loss of lives and property due to the activities of Boko Haram, but assured the delegation that Government was working hard to bring the security challenges to an end, pointing to the police helicopters and equipment he commissioned earlier in the day as part of the Administrationâ€™s efforts to enhance the security agencies.â€
Constitutional role for traditional rulers
The President said federal roads in the country were receiving necessary attention, while the Enugu Airport would handle international flights after its transformation.
Responding to a request for a constitutional role for traditional rulers in the country, President Jonathan said, â€œI believe in an advisory role for traditional rulers. This was one of my campaign promises, and I am consulting with the National Assembly on this.â€
The President thanked the South East Council of Traditional Rulers and people of the zone for supporting him.
Earlier, the Obi of Obinugwu and Chairman of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Dr. Cletus Ilomuanya, said the people of the South East were worried about the slow pace of rehabilitation work on roads in the zone, threats to lives by erosion, and the activities of Boko Haram, and were pleading for the Presidentâ€™s intervention.
He also expressed concern at the killing of Igbos in parts of the country, and the need for a constitutional role for traditional rulers in the country.