Anambra State Commissioner for Environment Beautification and Ecology, Dr. Romanus Ejikeme has disclosed the existence of about nine hundred and sixty erosion sites in Anambra State.
Ejikeme who spoke to journalists yesterday in Awka on this year’s world environment day slated for the 5th of June every year, said the erosion menace in the state is worse than an earthquake.
Declaring a state of emergency in Anambra State in view of its threat of erosion, the commissioner said the situation calls for prayers for the state and serious intervention.
He further disclosed that the state has the smallest landmass in Nigeria after Lagos State and therefore needs to be preserved.
Ejikeme said the state has programmed a workshop to brainstorm on the World Environment Day.
On his part, the member representing Dunukofia constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Honourable Lawrence Ezeudu said the legislature has moved many motions that are environmentally driven.
Ezeudu who is the chairman House Committee on environment and the chief whip in the State Assembly, has moved a motion to check the indiscriminate excavation of laterite in the state.
According to the legislator, there is need to protect and respect the state environment which is fast depleting.
He said the house has also deliberated on the necessity of all builders to build drainage channels to prevent erosion.