Anambra State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging Governor Willie Obiano to direct the commissioner for environment and state project co-ordinator, Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project to as a matter of urgency take urgent steps in controlling the gully erosion ravaging Ngene Okwuazu, INEC road-Umueri-in Anambra East local government area.
The resolution was reached following a motion sponsored by the lawmaker representing Anambra West constituency, Patrick Udoba during its plenary on Tuesday in Awka.
Udoba who disclosed that road where Ngene Okwuazu was located connected Anambra West with the rest of Omambala region and the entire state at large, argued that the poor state of the road posed serious threat to the life, properties of his constituents.
Also speaking during the session, the deputy speaker, Dr. Paschal Agbodike, lamented over erosion’s adverse effect on most communities in the state. He called on Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project as a matter of urgency come to the rescue by rehabilitating the road.
The majority leader, Dr. Nnamdi Okafor noted that good road network plays a key role in the development of any nation and urged the executive arm of government to arrest the erosion menace now it has not escalated to save the state and the federal government huge sums of money that will be required to fix it when it worsens.
In their contributions, the deputy majority leader, Emeka Aforka and the member representing Oyi Constituency, Charles Obimma equally pleaded with Governor Obiano to declare a state of emergency on pockets of erosion ravaging parts of the state to address the ugly development.
The speaker of the House, Uche Okafor, however, noted that the government will have to everything possible to bring succour to Ngene Okwuazu, Umueri community.