AFTER visiting some communities that are plagued by erosion in Anambra state, World Bank has charged residents to adopt and imbibe as a way of life all the erosion control measures taught them by the group’s field officers and other partner agencies. World Bank’s Task Team Leader, TTL, Dr Amos Abu, who visited some areas on sensitisation mission, noted that the involvement of everybody, especially the affected communities is needed. He urged them to cooperate with government and other agencies that engage in the fight against the menace of flood and erosion, not only in Anambra, but also, other states in the federation. Speaking to newsmen at the Uruokpala/Umudunu gully erosion site, Dr. Abu who is at the head of other World Bank and United Nations experts and stakeholders in an inspection tour of on-going erosion control projects in Anambra State, said that the human being has been found to be at the centre of all erosion control efforts as well as causes. The essence of the projects, he said, was to improve the livelihood of the people who live in the shadows and perimeters of gully erosion sites. “In cooperating with government and the agencies, hope for better life and jobs would be restored. “This is why the role of the communities and community development associations is becoming imperative”, the World Bank chief said. Speaking on the roles played by the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, Dr. Abu reiterated that it has a development objective of reducing impact of soil erosion and other forms of land degradation. “In doing so, the sponsors are coming up with a sustainable solution that combines thebest of engineering with the human factor, in view of the fact that human factor is actually the game changer”, saying that the engineering designs were a combination of hard structure such as gabion, designed to work effectively in the rainfall and friable soil. The team visited the Nkpor fly over Bridge on the federal highway, and Omogba community. In Nkpor, highway, a section had already collapsed due to unexpected erosion.

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