Nigeria declares state of emergency on erosion in Anambra

Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka

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The Nigerian government has declared a state of emergency on erosion related issues in Anambra State.

The declaration was made by the Minister of State  for Environment, Honourable Sharon Ikeazor, shortly after inspecting some gully erosion sites in the State.

Erosion sites visited by the Minister in company of the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, officials of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, and State Ministry of Environment, among others, were completed Omagba Phase -Two Onitsha North erosion site, Ire Obosi and Umudim Nnewi erosion sites which are already under construction.

Emerging Erosion Sites
The team also visited emerging erosion site at Umuatuora village Enugwu-Ukwu which is already creeping into the main road, as well as Uruagu Nnewi gully which has swallowed up buildings and still threatens more buildings and properties in the area.

Speaking at the sites , the  Minister who sympathized with affected persons in the areas visited, said that the federal government will urgently swing into action on the sites to prevent more damages.

Mrs  Ikeazor said that the erosion control intervention in the State would be sustained by the Nigerian government.

She said she will keep monitoring and evaluating works on the sites till completion, to ensure quality and timely delivery by contractors handling the projects.

“We are committed to finding lasting solution to challenges of erosion in this state. I want to assure the people of the state that very soon federal government will expedite action on the various sites identified, she said.

She promised to visit more erosion sites in the State in view of the Nigerian government’s intervention.

The State Deputy Governor Okeke regretted that erosion has continued to claim more lands from the little land mass of the State.

He said the government would synergise with the Nigerian government on the projects to ensure their quick completions.

Dr. Okeke attributed the major percentage of the causes of erosion to human obnoxious practices on the environment.

He emphasised on the need for community heads to embark on aggressive sensitisation of the people on environmental management, and cautioned the people Anambra against dumping of refuse into the drainage channels.

 

Confidence Okwuchi