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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Erosion, Greatest Threat To South East, Igbo Awareness Coalition Tell Buhari

 



 BY GRACE IGWEANYI
An Erosion Site In The South East
The Igbo Awareness Coalition (ICA) has called on the Federal Government to pay urgent attention to numerous erosion sites scattered all over the South East region.

IAC said gully erosion has become a menace in the area, cutting off communities and localities, revealing that more than 1.6% of the entire land area of eastern Nigeria is occupied by gullies.

 In a statement signed by the Coalition’s President, Rev Emmanuel Duru, the group said “there are more than 600 gully erosion sites in the region and these gullies are also visible manifestation of the physical loss of the land due to erosion.

“The gully forms of erosion in the region have assumed a different dimension such that settlements and scarce arable land are severely threatened” the statement said.   

The Coalition said the Federal Government should address the erosion problem in the area with the same momentum and attention it is carrying out the rehabilitation of infrastructure in the North East region severally battered by insurgents.

“The prevalence of gully erosion in the south east has become an endemic problem ravaging the region with little or no effort in remedying the situation” IAC stated.

“Despite countless visits by the Federal Government officials, including various committees on ecology from the National Assembly and several representations made by inhabitants of affected communities ravaged by erosion, no concrete action has been taken to tackle the problem   

It said erosion has badly affected the economy of the South East as people in affected areas  have been separated because of deep and wide gullies that reach in some cases 12m deep and more than 1.5km long like the Nanka/Agulu gully and the deep gully at Oko in Aguata, Anambra State and other numerous erosion sites scattered all over the region.   

“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to see erosion as the greatest threat to the environmental settings of South Eastern Nigeria” the statement concluded.  






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