Disaster prone communities in Ebonyi State now have reason to heave a sigh of relief following the intervention initiative of the Federal Government through the
It could be recalled that during last year's rainy season that lasted between April and September , about 332,938 persons were displaced by flood in communities which cut across the 13 local government areas of the state.
Also, in the past few years, erosion and gullies arising from this seasonal flooding have increasingly caused untold adversity to the state, including loss of lives, sack of villages and offices, destruction of homes, farmlands and public infrastructure. Indeed studies showed that the total economic loss caused by flooding and erosion problems in the last five years in the state ran into billions of Naira, excluding loss of lives.
It is worthy to note that the emergence of NEWMAP came about as a result of the baseline survey of critical impact of erosion in
Speaking during the official launch of NEWMAP in the state and the entire South East geopolitical zone, Ebonyi State Governor,
He said: "We are here today not only to officially flag-off this transformative NEWMAP intervention, but also to open a new chapter of expected development partnership with the
"At this juncture, let me use the opportunity of this flag-off to thank the
"I have equally been briefed that out of five priority projects selected by our state, one is ready for procurement award while the remaining four will follow shortly."
In a remark, Ebonyi State NEWMAP Project Coordinator, Dr.
"The state by its peculiarity faces this challenge in two major prongs: erosion and flood. The largely low lying nature of the soil and the predominantly shell formation in the north and central parts of the state, impair quick permeability of water and easy run off after rains, resulting to water logging and flooding. While the inherent characteristics of weak cemented sand grains predisposes the southern part to intense gully erosion. These hazards led to inestimable loss of lives and property".
The Task Team Leader, NEWMAP, Dr.
Reacting to the launch, the Chairman of Afikpo South local government area of the state,
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