World Bank, NEWMAP Partner On Imo Erosion Control


World bank, NEWMAPThe people of Umueze Eziala Obizi autonomous community in Ezinihitte Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo state are excited about the gully erosion control and site rehabilitation project by the World Bank and Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

This is because they will in no distant time heave a sigh of relieve as gully erosion, which used to displace many lives and properties in the community will soon become a thing of the past.

The cheering news was shared at a town hall meeting organized by NEWMAP in the community to create a rapport between the World Bank project team and the indigenes of the area to ascertain the level of work done on the Obizi gully erosion site.

The meeting was to also educate the people on further precautionary measures to be taken to prevent further occurrence of gully erosion while urging them to also cooperate with the contractors handling the project.

Before the intervention of the World Bank through the Nigeria Watershed Erosion Management Project (NEWMAP), the dangerous Umueze Eziala Obizi gully erosion site had claimed many lives and property.

The erosion site was identified as one to be rehabilitated under the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project and seven months after, the rehabilitation and control work on the erosion site reached 75-80% completion.

The traditional ruler of the community, Stephen Azubuihe commended the
NEWMAP team for the progress made so far on the rehabilitation works.

He acknowledged the role expected of Stephen-Azubuihe-Umueze-Eziala-Obizithe community in ensuring the success of the project and promised that residents would cooperate with the World Bank to see the project through.

Some of the indigenes of the community whose properties and farmlands were affected by the gully erosion also commended the World Bank.

One of them is the chairman of the farmers’ cooperative in Obizi autonomous community, Justus Uha, who noted that the quick financial intervention and compensation has enabled them to start life over again.

The Urualla erosion site in Ideato North and Umuezelibe Isu erosion site in Njaba local government areas are also under the rehabilitation watch of the NEWMAP team. They have also promised to complete work in these sites in no distant time.

NEWMAP Inspects Erosion Sites In Imo

erosion, NEWMAPThe Imo State Branch of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has urged the federal government to complete pending World Bank assisted projects at erosion sites in the state.

The group made this recommendation while inspecting construction sites at Ideato South, Mbaise and Orlu local government areas of the South Eastern State of Nigeria.

Erosion, especially common in the south east area of Nigeria, has had a devastating effect on infrastructure and economic development in those regions.

To address this challenge, the federal government has partnered with the World Bank to form the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

But the contractors at Mbaise and Ideato local government areas reported that the projects have kept expanding to areas not previously identified without commensurate payment of funds.

The delegation inspected erosion sites at Orlu Local Government Area where the state project coordinator identifies climate change as an additional challenge to the progress of the work.

The team promised to also inspect erosion sites in other parts of the state in the course of the visit.