Minister tours gully erosion sites control-projects in Anambra
By Chizoba Anekwe
Awka, May 29, 2018 — Minister of Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril paid working visit to all Federal Government-sponsored gully/erosion control projects in Anambra State.
The control-projects visited include Erosion control at Neuro Plaza, Awka; Amachalla Erosion control; Obinagu- Etiti- Eke Road Enugu-Agidi; Enuagu Village Enugu Ukwu.
Other erosion control places are in Uru-Umudim, Nnewi; Erosion/ Flood control project Oba, Idemili and New Niger Heritage, Onitsha.
Alhaji Jibril who spoke to journalists during the tour said the purpose for the visit was to take inventory of erosion-control projects in the state.
According to him, the second reason is to confirm the value for money achieved by FG in collaboration with the World Bank.
Jibril, however, said that the FG was more interested in completed intervention projects, than award of projects that might eventually be abandoned.
He said that his visit would provide first hand information for further release of project funding as well as award of more contracts.
The minister earlier made a stopover at the Federal High Court Gully Erosion site, Awka expressed dismay at the rate at which land mass were lost to gully erosion in the state.
He urged contractors to “adopt land management practices approach’’, even as he urged communities to do the right thing by engaging in preservative measures.
Jibril, then, re-assured that work intervention would soon commence at the site and urged project coordinators to follow the job specifications and ensure absolute supervision of projects.
Mr Micheal Okonkwo, Anambra Commissioner for Environment, then, expressed gratitude over FG’s presence in the state.
He stressed that the state government would never relent in its efforts at ensuring that lands already lost were reclaimed.
The commissioner commended the FG and World Bank for assisting the state to fight environmental challenges in Anambra. ##