ASSEMBLY SEEKS GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION ON EROSION MENACE
By Chizoba Okeke
Awka, Sept. 12, 2018 (MOI)
Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging the state government to expedite action on erosion-control measure on many of the sites across the state.
The House specifically called on Gov. Willie Obiano to direct the Commissioner for Environment to wade into the erosion menace affecting some parts of Idemili South (LGA), including Ugwumba- Nkeme road.
Passing the resolution, Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Harford Oseke who presided over the plenary, said the call became necessary to control the erosion menace ravaging the areas.
According to Mr Oseke, remedial action is needed to tackle erosion menace occasioned by flooding at Nkpor, Mgbemena Street, Awada, Enekwasumpi Obosi, Eziowelle Civic Centre Road and Amaeze village Oraukwu.
The resolution came through a motion sponsored by the member representing Idemili North constituency, Mrs Nkoli Mmegbuanaeze and some others.
Earlier, Mrs Mmegbuanaeze had drawn the attention of the House to the erosion menace threatening private and public infrastructure in her constituency, which needed urgent intervention.
``If the erosion sites are urgently attended to, it will do the inhabitants good and put their minds at rest,’’ Mrs Mmegbuanaeze said.
Supporting the motion, member representing Anambra East, Mr Obinna Emenaka said that appropriate funds should be provided during 2019 Budget to aid concerned agencies in curbing erosion menace in the state.
Contributing, member representing Ihiala 1 constituency, Mr Chidi Udemadu emphasised the need to sensitise Ndi Anambra to support activities of government.
Government would help by keeping drainage systems free from blockage to avoid flooding which could lead to erosion.
Member representing Anaocha 2 Constituency, Mr Charles Ezeani maintained that the bill on drainage should be passed into law so that offenders would be held accountable.
Mr Ezeani said that the law would help to protect and care for drainage as well as help government to discharge its duties efficiently.
In an adjournment motion, the member representing Ekwusigo constituency, Mr Onyebuchi Offor commended Anambra Government for responding to Nkwo to Nkwo road rehabilitation project with officers of Anambra State Road Management Agency (ARMA).