Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Isuikwuato/Umunneochi constituency) has called for the separation of ecological fund from federal allocations accruable to states.
Onyejeocha, who spoke at her Isuochu country home, said the suggestion became necessary to prevent governors from misappropriating the fund.
The lawmaker regretted that the Federal Government releases ecological funds to states monthly, which is lumped together in the federal allocations, yet governors rarely tackle ecological problems.
She said: “I think the best practice will be to separate ecological fund from federal allocations and not lump it with other items in FAC”.
Onyejeocha said the national assembly will be glad to give a legislative backing to any executive bill for the separation of ecological fund from federal allocations to states. She also decried erosion in her constituency, saying she has contacted the Ecological Office for intervention.
According to her, personnel from the office had visitedgully sites for on the spot assessment.
Onyejeocha,who added that she had drawn the attention of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and other relevant federal agencies to the menace, appealed to her constituents to be patient. She assured them intervention will soon come their way.
The lawmaker said closure of the Enugu International Airport as a step in the right direction. She described the runway as ‘a disaster waiting to happen’, and disagreed with insinuations that the closure was a deliberate action against the Southeast.
Source: The Nation NG