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NEMA visits Anambra erosion sites



By Ekene Chukwuagolum
OFFICIALS of the Anambra state Environment Ministry, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) visited the recent flood-induced erosion sites in the state.
The areas include Mgbemena Street Awada, Obosi, Idemili Local Government Area (LGA), Landmark Hotel, Nibo, Awka South LGA, Ifite Aguleri, Anambra East LGA and Rojenny Oba, Idemili North LGA.
Commissioner for Environment, Mr Michael Okonkwo addressed newsmen and residents of Mgbemena Street during `the on-the-spot assessment’ of the disaster areas.
He reiterated Gov. Willie Obiano’s commitment toward ensuring safety of the citizens in the fight against erosion.
Okonkwo, who described the incidences as natural disasters said that government reacted swiftly as soon as the people’s SOS was received.
“That is why we commenced immediate remedial work on the sites”.
He added that the vastness of the erosion menace also compelled the Gov. Willie Obiano to send an SOS to the federal government who also responded fast to the call by sending their team over to access the situation.
The Zonal, State Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, South East Zone, Enugu, Mr Wilson Brandon, confirmed the enormity of the situation and assured of immediate action from the FG.
He also pledged that the team would file their findings and reports of the disaster as soon as they get back to their base for immediate action, considering the urgency of the situation.
Mr Peter Katchy of the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) attributed the Mgbemena erosion menace to heavy down rains of the past couple of days and the topographic nature of the road.
He urged the residents to give the government time to remedy the situation, which was already on course.

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