SAVAGING IBORE-EWU EROSION DISASTER AND THE POSITIVE IMPACTS OF SENATOR ORDIA.
Upon assumption of office as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Edo Central senatorial district at the 8th Senate, the first problem Senator Ordia had to battle with was the erosion problem at Ibore-Ewu and Uromi.
However, erosion disaster wasn’t just peculiar to Edo alone, it has become a prominent national issue which has raised great concerns in Nigeria especially in the South-south geopolitical zone.
During plenary, Senator Clifford Ordia mentioned the erosion problem affecting his people at Ibore-Ewu and Uromi. After a very exhaustive debate, the Senate graciously set up a committee to investigate all erosion problems in the country with reference to the issues raised by Senator Ordia, this earned him a spot to serve at the committee.
It will be recalled that Senator Ordia brought the Senate committee headed by Senator Barnabas Gemade to Ibore-Ewu and Uromi for on the spot assessment of the level of damage caused by the erosion.
Upon submission of the committee’s report and approval by Senate of our recommendation, The Senate sent the recommendation to the then Secretary to the government of the federation Babachir Lawal, requesting for the immediate recovery and repairs of erosion ravaged areas in the country.
The department of Ecology under the presidency, published tenders for the affected areas including Ibore-Ewu and Uromi.
Interestingly, when former governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole was now aware of the efforts by Senator Ordia to recover those areas, he wrote a letter to the SGF demanding for the stoppage of further processing of the award. His reasons for halting the project was that the reclamation of erosion ravaged areas in Ibore-Ewu and Uromi weren’t on his priority list.
Now few months later, there came the need for Adams Oshiomhole to make request for $75million draw down from the $225million loan earlier granted Edo state government by World Bank.
This request was sent through the Federal government to the Senate for approval.
It should be noted that the approval of the request wouldn’t have been possible without the consent of Edo Senators.
When the request came Senator Engr Clifford Ordia was called by some prominent Esan APC leaders to support the loan, in his reply Senator Ordia demanded that the erosion problem facing Ibore-Ewu and Uromi be listed as part of work to be executed with the loan.
Senator Ordia while reacting to the approval of the erosion project said “I will advice that politicians shouldn’t play politics with the development of Edo State especially with the lives of her people.
The role Senator Ordia has played so far since assumption of office has been purely developmental. “I wish to applaud Governor Obaseki for joining me ensure that the re-awarding of Ibore-Ewu erosion project is a reality”, he added.
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