Senate moves to establish Agency for erosion prevention, control

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

In a proactive move to stem the environmental threat caused by erosion, a bill for an Act to check the menace through the establishment of Erosion Control and Prevention Commission has passed through the first reading on the floor of the Nigerian Senate.
The Bill is sponsored by the Senator representing Anambra South, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah. It is noted that the Commission, when established, would be constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of prevention, control, management and redress of erosion and other related matters.
Senator Ubah said the bill provides for the Ecological Fund Office to be constitutionally domiciled within the Presidency.
According to Senator Ubah as noted in the Bill, “the aim of this bill is to establish a structure that will make this fund more accessible to Nigerians who are in dire need of it when due and necessary.
“Erosion is a serious environmental menace destroying the property and means of livelihood of my constituents in Anambra South as well as other parts of the nation.
“The Commission upon establishment, will formulate policies, guidelines and play an advisory role to the Federal Government on erosion prevention, management and control”
He said it would also mobilise funding, technical assistance and expertise to tackle the menace.
“The commission will also be saddled with the task of carrying out comprehensive and periodic surveys of erosion stricken areas and potential areas that are vulnerable to threat.”
The Bill also made provision for a Commission with an Executive Chairman and Secretary and other members with a four-year tenure.