Edem Edem, Calabar
The Coordinator, Cross River State Nigeria Erosion and Water Shed Management Protect (CRS – NEW MAP), Mr. Fidelis Anukwa, has poised to ensure erosion menace that is fast eating into some parts of the state’s land, is properly tackled in order to preserve lives and properties.
Mr. Anukwa, who was speaking to journalists recently during projects site inspection in Calabar Municipality, said they were adopting an integrated approach whereby communities would own the project, ensure its maintenance and be part of the exercise instead of allowing it in the hands of government alone.
The Project Coordinator disclosed that, plans were underway for rain water harvesting, adding that a study was to be undertaken, and that a local Non-Governmental Organization would be used to carry out the task, hoping that when properly constituted, it would go a long way to address erosion problem in the State.
He explained that NEWMAP has carried out a lot of sensitization and awareness campaign to address erosion problem and warned people to desist from dumping refuse into drains and that, very soon the State Government would set up a sanitation court to try offenders, adding that, the situation we have found ourselves today is as a result of peoples’ practice of dumping refuse into gutters during rains and cultivating in water ways.
The Project Coordinator expressed joy at the pace of work at sites visited and hoped that on completion, erosion would be adequately addressed.
According to him, the concrete walls erected at sites have allowed free flow of water in the gutters. He commended some communities members for their cooperation with Project Contractors by relocating to others areas and urged others to do so and pack out from the mapped areas explaining that already, families have been compensated they supposed to relocate to enable work done on the affected areas to prevent further loss of lives and properties.