Anambra To Spend N10 Bn On Erosion Control

ranks least in landmass

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

The Anambra State Government says plans are underway to spend about N10 billion on erosion control in some erosion-infested areas across the state.

The commissioner for  environment and chairman Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project  (NEWMAP)  steering committee in the state Arch. Michael Okonkwo disclosed this to newsmen in Awka on Thursday while reeling out the ministry’s modus operandi under his watch.

He said Nnewi, Nkpor-flyover in Onitsha axis  and some other erosion sites have been listed for intervention under the N10 billion erosion control project through NEWMAP.

Okonkwo further disclosed that currently Anambra state ranked least in landmass due to erosion devastation across the state leading to greater percentage of its landmass being washed away by erosion and flooding adding that in spite of the dire situation, the present administration was committed to reducing erosion menace in Anambra state.

The commissioner noted that the ministry of environment was saddled with the responsibility of protecting the environment from deforestation, degradation as well as conduct environmental impact assessment to ascertain the extent of harm  done to the environment through human error.

He also  said that the ministry was currently desilting drainages, dislodging water channels to avoid blockages  noting that the ministry pursues a policy targetting a  clean and  healthy Anambra staate.

According  to the  commissioner  the ministry was also enforcing sustainable laws against indiscriminate  dumping of refuse as well as illegal and unauthorised mining in the state while encouraging   Ndi-Anambra to  practise aforestation to save the  environment from further harm.

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