Anambra State government has asked the Federal Government of Nigeria to profile the state as an erosion disaster zone and subsequently declare a state of emergency on the state with respect to the challenge.
Governor Willie Obiano made the renewed call at a meeting with a delegation from the House of Representatives Committee on Erosion and Habitat led by the Chairman, Honorable Obinna Chidoka, at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.
The delegation is in the state, as a major location to visit in their tour of the Southeast states on inspection of Ecological Funds Office Projects and Erosion Sites in the various states.
Addressing reporters after an extensive closed door, Governor Obiano decried the effect of the 962 active erosion sites on Anambra, pointing out that if nothing was done in the next 10 years, Anambra State Will have lost half of its size.
“The attendant calamities will be too much to handle,” the Governor stressed.
He emphasised that the state had been making efforts to handle the menace, but also lamented that “it is beyond the state capacity at the moment”.
The governor, however, expressed hope that the visit of the House Committee would add impetus to the intervention so desired on the challenge.
Responding, the Honourable Chidoka, corroborated the fears of Governor Obiano on the massive loss of land to erosion based on their findings in several locations visited.
He, however, assured the Governor that the committee, at the end of the tour, would make recommendations that would make the Federal Government act with a sense of urgency in addressing the gully erosion ravaging not only in Anambra but other Southeast states.