Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The lawmaker representing Dunukofia state constituency, Hon. Lawrence Chukwuwike Ezeudu, has brought the plight of the people of Dunukofia local government area of Anambra state to the state house of assembly, saying that erosion is currently terrorising his constituents, given the magnitude of landslides in the area.
Ezeudu who made this known to other lawmakers yesterday while contributing to an executive bill which seeks to establish the Anambra State Erosion, Watershed and Climate Change Agency, explained that Dunukofia constituency was on the verge of being submerged completely by erosion devastations, if urgent proactive response was not embarked upon.
Ezeudu, the House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Housing, said, “Anambra state has been bedeviled by the scourge of erosion. Anambra was once referred to as the erosion capital of Nigeria. We also know that NEWMAP which is a federal agency has been helping Anambra state to fight the challenges of erosion.
“Erosion is eating up the little land we have in this state. In Dunukofia local government, erosion has attacked us as if it is a terrorist. We are looking at erosion menace as a terrorist. There is no single constituency that erosion is not a problem in Anambra state.”
He however supported the passage of the Anambra State Erosion, Watershed and Climate Change Agency Bill into law to enable the agency to be established in the state to complement the efforts of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Agency Programme (NEWMAP) and a host of others combating erosion and other ecological challenges in the state.
Meanwhile, the aforestated bill has scaled through second reading, awaiting third reading and final passage into law on 14th January, 2020, the next adjourned date.
It is hoped that the birth of the agency would change the narrative of erosion, watershed and climate change in Anambra state.