I-Witness on EROSION.
By Obika Chidiebele
It was on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 that the I-WITNESS CREW engaged the Commissioner For Environment, Arc. Michael Okonkwo on burning issues affecting the environment in Anambra State.
Hon. Okonkwo informed the CREW that Erosion is the biggest disaster eating away Anambra and poses serious challenge to lives and property in the state.
Anambra has about 950 active erosion sites scattered in every community of the state.
Some factors contribute to this ugly trend which may include, alluvial soil texture (which naturally made our soil very rich in nutrients), flooding, incessant bush burning, sand excavation, blocked drains, improper termination of drainage systems during construction works, improper channelling of rain water and several others.
Arc. Michael Okonkwo reminded the I-WITNESS CREW that Anambra State has put in place four measures to mitigate the erosion menace: 1. Direct State Intervention. 2. Partnership between the state and the Federal Government. 3. Ecological Fund. 4. NEWMAP (a tripartite arrangement where the World Bank, The Federal Government and the State Government pull funds togethers for managing of erosion and other watershed projects).
I-WITNESS can confirm that all the interventions in mitigating Erosion Menace in Anambra State are working.
The Government of Anambra State is currently working on many erosion sites like, The Abba-Ukpo Dunukofia erosion site, Umuawulu Erosion site, Uke Erosion site, Abagana Erosion site amongst others.
The state partnered the FG and NEWMAP to start and complete the following; New Heritage Omagba, Onitsha, Nkpor Flyover Gully Erosion, Neros Plaza-Aquinas Awka, Amaenyi Awka Erosion Site and many others respectively.
Similarly, work is ongoing at Nnewi-Ichi Erosion site, Obosi Erosion Site, Ikenga Ogidi Erosion site, Federal High Court Awka, Erosion site and many others.
Ndi Anambra, the I-WITNESS CREW can confirm that Gov. Willie Obiano is working in this regard.