A delegation from the Federal Government’s Ecological Project Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, conducted an on-the-spot assessment of several erosion sites in Anambra State.
Led by Engineer Lawal Mohammed, an Assistant Chief Civil Engineer from the Ecological Project Office, the team was accompanied by Anambra State Commissioner for Environment, Engineer Felix Odimegwu, and members of the Anambra State Erosion, Watershed, and Climate Change Agency (ANSWECCA).
During the inspection, the team visited various significant erosion sites, including Royal Estate in Ububa Village behind the College of Nursing, Nkpor, Oba gully erosion site, Nza Ozubulu-Ekwusigo-Umudike Ukpor, Ukpor-Nnewi road, Awo-Ezimuzor Ezinifite in Nnewi South, and Ogbedi Amichi gully erosion site, among others.
Engineer Mohammed, in a statement to the press following the assessment, explained that the purpose of the visit was to evaluate the extent of the damage caused by erosion and determine the necessary intervention measures required from the federal government. He assured that his report would be delivered to the appropriate authorities and emphasized the government’s commitment to swift action.
Expressing concern over the high number of erosion sites in Anambra State, Commissioner Odimegwu urged the federal government to urgently intervene in order to safeguard roads, houses, farmlands, and industries threatened by erosion. He also called on affluent individuals in Anambra, known as Ndi Anambra, to collaborate with the state government in efforts to combat erosion. Odimegwu commended Governor Chukwuma Soludo for his prompt response in addressing some of the erosion sites in the state.
Local residents from the affected areas, including Stella Obi and Okwudilichukwu Uchenna, expressed their appreciation to the delegation and the state government for their assistance, hoping for swift intervention to alleviate the erosion-related challenges.