Anambra State Deputy Governor, Onyekachukwu Ibezim, has restated that Governor Charles Soludo’s administration is committed towards restoring adequate security of lives, property and peace in state.
Dr Ibezim stated this during his assessment of the environmental menace affecting the state at Oko,Orumba North LGA, Atani, Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State, alongside United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Matthias Schmale, who led a team from the United Nations Office for Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, whom Dr Ibezim led to the spot of Oko erosion site’s recent landslide which affected many buildings around the area and some holding centres and areas affected by flood.
The deputy governor called for collective effort of international community, federal government and ndi Anambra of the area to do all they can to curb environmental problems in the state.
While addressing people affected by the flood and some holding centres at Atani, Ogbaru LGA, he assured the victims that the state government will do all it takes to put an end to flooding challenges and ensure that palliative measures are deployed to rehabilitate roads in the area and proper resettlement of victims who will soon return to their homes.
American Advisory Board Member of Afri Decarbonisation Corporative Limited, Diana Dohemy, promised to work with the state government to put an end to the environmental challenges.
The founder, Sustainable Trans Environment International Foundation, INBAR Expert on Global Taskforce on Sustainable Bamboo Management and lecturer, Department of Forestry and Wildlife, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, John Agbo Ogbodo, said that the organisation will train ndi Anambra on Bamboo planting and other preventive measures against erosion.
He also explained that the team is currently promoting the establishment of 450,000 of bamboo plantations in West Africa, Nigeria, Anambra, among others. The goal of the flagship bamboo project is to contribute to enhancing sustainable bamboo value chain production and utilisation for enhanced livelihood and climate change mitigation.
Reacting to the visit, some of the indigenes of Oko, Mr Ikenna Ekwueme, Chukwurah Aginam, commended the state government for their intervention. They said that the erosion site, popularly known as Mbuze-Akama had destroyed over 30 houses and other reasonable properties and if nothing is done, it will dismiss the entire Ezioko Village and neighboring villages as more houses are still under threat by the erosion.
Chief of staff to the Governor, Mr Earnest Ezeajughi, commissioners, transition committee chairmen, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor (Office of the Deputy Governor), Mr Ugochukwu Obiefuna, Deputy Chief Protocol to the Governor ( Office of the Deputy Governor), Emma Obiozor, among others were part of the tour.