Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Three families are already in jeopardy following the erosion menace at Mbubu-Ifite village Ezinifite in Nnewi-South local govermment area of Anambra state.
Five more families may lose their houses and property in the same village, if urgent remedial actions are not taken by the Anambra state govermment to control the devastating gully erosion at Mbubu-Ifite village Ezinifite Nnewi-South council area, in accordance with the issue of urgent public importance raised by Barr. Kingsley Chukwuma Iruba, member representing Nnewi-South constituency one in the state assembly.
Iruba who painted a picture of the blight cast on his constituents by the gully erosion, said it was rather unfortunate that all efforts deployed to control the menace proved abortive as he recalled that Governor Willie Obiano in 2017 awarded contract for the control of the erosion but the said site was abandoned thereafter by the contractor causing the site to expand resulting in the precarious situation in the area at the moment.
The lawmaker who spoke so passionately on the floor of the House at the weekend about the devastating effects of the gully erosion, maintained that if urgent drastic measures were not taken to arrest the situation before the end of July, the entire state might not contain the catastrophe the erosion might cause the state as it was already threatening an entire village.
Speaking further, Iruba noted that it was the primary responsibility of the government in power to protect lives and property of the citizenry as enshrined in the constitution and that the pitiable condition of his constituents required urgent exercise of the said portion of the constitution.
To this end, the lawmaker craved the indulgence of his colleaques to lend their voices in calling the attention of the state govermor to the erosion devastation as well as direct the state commissioner for environment to respond to the situation and save an entire village from extinction.
Timothy Ifedioramma of Njikoka one state constituency opined that the truth of the matter was that Anambra state was almost becoming the headquarters of erosion in the world.
Ifedioramma therefore suggested the setting up of a committee to work at the erosion sites across the state to remedy the ugly trend of erosion devastation in the state stressing that Nimo, Enugwu-Ukwu, Enugwu-Agidi and some other areas of his constituency were also suffering from erosion insurgence.
For Chugbo Enwezo of Onitsha-North one state constituency, erosion was a dire situation which according to him required immediate intervention adding that the onus lies on the state government to take urgent steps to save the lives of people under its watch from imminent danger.
While the Speaker of the House Barr. Rita Maduagwu in giving her verdict on the matter, posited that the call by Barr. Kingsley Chukwuma Iruba was an SOS sent to the state governor to intervene as quickly as possible to save the people from the harsh realities and excruciating effects of erosion devastation.
Maduagwu also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Programme (NEWMAP) Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) as well as all revelant agencies in erosion control to join forces with the Anambra state government to tackle erosion and other environmental challenges confronting her.
The Speaker however read the resolution of the House saying “be it therefore resolved that this honourable House calls on the state governor His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano to direct the state commissioner for environment to deploy machineries to tackle the erosion menace at Mbubu-Ifite village Ezinifite Nnewi-South local government area.”