Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has called for a state of emergency to be declared on gully erosion sites in the state.
He made the call when the joint World Bank/FAO/FG Supervision Mission paid him a courtesy visit at the government lodge, Amawbia, yesterday.
Obiano informed the visiting World Bank team that the state has a landmass of 2,855sq kilometers out of which almost a quarter is badly affected by gully erosion.
He stated that there were about 950 active and rampaging sites and added that it would be a disaster in the next five years if nothing is urgently done to check the menace.
The governor called for a special United Nations intervention that would effectively bail the state out of its present predicament.
Obiano, however, expressed deep appreciation to the World Bank for its level of intervention in the state through the Nigeria Erosion and Water Management Project, NEWMAP.
He also appealed to the bank to consider Anambra as a special case by increasing the number of sites in its intervention priority list, promising that it will continue to fulfill its counterpart funding obligations.
Earlier in his remarks, Task Team Leader, NEWMAP project, Dr. Amos Abu, told the governor that the team was in the state to evaluate work at gully erosion sites and expressed satisfaction with the progress observed in Omogba, Abagana, Amachalla and St. Thomas Aquinas/Nero’s plaza erosion sites.
Abu also noted the request for intervention in other sites, as well as flood issues and assured of the bank’s readiness to partner with the state.
He reminded the governor that the project was designed to be transformational, sustainable and called for a Watershed Management Agency backed with the enabling laws and regulations to be created in the state.

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