Anambra partners FG in erosion control
FEDERAL Government of Nigeria has declared a state of emergency on gully erosion in Anambra. This declaration was made by the Minister for Environment (State), Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor, during an inspection tour at some erosion sites, and on-going erosion control projects within the state.
In her words, “Anambra is losing it’s land mass to erosion, and they are losing their lives and property”.
During the tour, the minister, who was accompanied by the eputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Nkem Okeke, also said federal government was coming with a new vigour and sense of urgency, to begin intervention process in Anambra. She also stressed on the need to sensitise the people on the dangers of dumping refuse into drainage channels.
Dr. Okeke who affirmed state government readiness to partner federal government in erosion control, having viewed the enormity of the gully erosion disaster in Anambra, also said something really needed to be done fast.
The deputy governor further called on the Ministry of Environment, to work in conjunction with the Ministry of Works, so that things can be properly articulated and put in place.
Speaking to National Light, President General, Enugwu-ukwu, Chief Bonny Ozo-Nkwuaku, said the community had since organised a restoration project to sensitise their people on the dangers of dumping refuse indiscriminately.
“We also embarked on cleaning of drainage channels within the community. Our people are now better sensitised on how to control the erosion. All hands must be on deck to tackle the issue of erosion, as it concerns Anambra State,” Ozo-Nkwuaku said.
Contributing, a member of Uruagu community Nnewi, Mr. Igwebuike Orabueze, said the erosion menace was long over due. He also mentioned that one of the famous places where people come for recreation in the 19th century, has been swept away for over 15years. He further appreciated both state and federal government for coming to their rescue.
President General Uru-Umudim Nnewi, Ikenna Chukwudum-Ejeife, said the erosion menace is in a sad state. He appreciated Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, CEO Innoson group of companies, for attracting government attention to their rescue.
“We also appreciate both state and federal governments for showing concern towards our situation. I wish they begin work immediately” Chukwudum-Ejeife prayed.
The erosion sites visited were located at Omagba phase 2 in Onitsha North LGA, Ire Obosi in Idemili North LGA, Umuatuora Enugwu-ukwu in Njikoka LGA, Uruagu and Uru-Umudim both in Nnewi.
The inspection was carried out by the Minister for Environment (State), Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Director Erosion Control, Ministry of Environment, Project Director NEWMAP, among others.