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Taming Menace of Erosion in Nigeria

August 24, 2014

Augustine Adah

Gully erosion is one of the environmental challenges facing the country. Just as desertification is threatening many places in some parts of the north and oil pollutions in the Niger-Delta areas, many towns in the south-east are ravaged by erosion. Among the states in the South-East, Anambra State's condition has evolved to an epidemic intensity.

Last year it was reported in the media that members of the House of Representatives Committee on Environment wept at the level of devastation caused by erosion in various parts of Anambra and other parts of the South-East, when they visited Nanka and Oko communities. The lawmakers promised to bring the problem to the attention of the Presidency because, according to them, the problem was beyond the capacity of the people and the Anambra State government.

The situation elicited the attention of President Goodluck Jonathan last year when he disclosed that the Federal Government was negotiating for a $400m special fund from the World Bank to tackle the menace of erosion in the South East. President Jonathan made the disclosure when speaking to a delegation of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers at State House. "We are getting $400m, a special fund from the World Bank, to tackle the erosion in the South East. This is apart from the line votes in the budget for checking erosion", he stated.

It is more than one year since the president made such a promise but the people are yet to know the position of the loan while many communities in the south-east wre at the risk of being submerge by gully erosion. Apart from the south-east geo-political zone, some communities in Edo State are also fighting hard to control the erosion in the area.

For several years, residents of Ankpa in Kogi State have been battling with the menace of gully erosion. Many people wondered why the ecological fund meant to tackle this problem has remained a subject of controversy while the local communities are facing danger of being submerged.

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Source: AllAfrica

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