Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has raised alarm over the growing threat of gully erosion in the state.
Governor seeks global assistances to fight erosion menace in Anambra
"The rate at which this menace is progressing is so frightening that if nothing is done very quickly, it will overwhelm our collective capacity to slow it down.’’
Obiano told newsmen in Awka on Tuesday that over 950 gully erosion sites existed within a land mass of 4,844 square kilometres of the state.
"It is clear that unless something is done quickly, the state will be washed away by erosion. "In truth, no other state in Nigeria has been ravaged by erosion on the same scale as Anambra.
"If the images that we generated from our aerial photography are anything to go by, then the world must come to our rescue before it is too late.
"Indeed, we are raising this alarm in the hope that the world will give the state a chance to survive as a geopolitical entity that deserves its continuous membership of the human race,’’ Obiano said.
According to him, the tragedy of gully erosion is that its impact is usually so colossal that it is almost impossible for any state, no matter how rich, to tackle it alone.
He called on the Federal Government to declare Anambra an ecologically endangered state as "this will ensure that our cries for help and rescue get expedited response’’.
He acknowledged the series of interventions by the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project and the assistance the state had received from the World Bank in fighting gully erosion.
"Obiano further emphasised that the state was still in dire need of help to manage its `terribly’ eroded landscape.
He explained that his efforts to draw attention to the menace had resulted in a series of interventions by the World Bank.According to him, the bank has approved the commencement of work on the erosion sites in Ugamuma-Obosi, Ikenga-Ogidi, Enugwu Ukwu and Abidi-Umoji.
He also said that work on sites at Nnewi-Ichi, Ire-Obosi, Nkpor Bridge that was being handled by New Tarzan and Ojoto would be ready next month. Obiano recalled that the state government had recorded many achievements in the area of environmental cleanness.
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