Anambra State Government yesterday restated its commitment to tackling gully erosion menace through pre-erosion management.
It said the era of post-erosion management, resulting in destruction of scarce land, lives and properties, was over.
Environment Commissioner Felix Odimegwu stated this in Awka at the opening session of the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project – Additional Financing (NEWMAP) Implementation Completion and Result Report Mission (ICRM).
He lamented that the state had lost over 70 per cent of its land mass to gully erosion, urging NEWMAP and its funding partners to declare a state of emergency on the erosion menace.
Odimegwu said: “Anambra today is faced with an existential threat from the scourge of erosion. We are the state with the second highest population density in Nigeria and alongside that, we have the most active number of erosion sites.
“It’s being reported that circa 70 per cent of the land in Anambra State risks gully erosion. This is the precarious state we are in. With less than three per cent of our erosion menace under control, we not only ask for more, but also wish to enjoin NEWMAP and its funding partners to declare a state of emergency on Anambra’s erosion menace.
“As a government, we’re prepared to do things differently this time, to forestall this scourge. Erosion is a man-made activity that weakens soil aggregation and makes the soil susceptible to runoff velocity.”
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