The Senate has mandated National Emergency Management Authority and Ecological Fund Office to immediately rescue some parts of Anambra State that are being ravaged by erosion
The Senate yesterday mandated the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and Ecological Fund Office (EFO) to immediately rescue some parts of Anambra State that are being ravaged by erosion.
This follows the motion sponsored by Senator Uche Ekwunife, which is entitled: Flood and Erosion Disaster in Awka, Isuanaocho, Obosi and Other of Anambra Central. Ekwunife noted that flood and erosion has caused a great damage in places like Awka, Abatete, Isuanaocho, Obosi and other communities of Anambra Central.
“The flood which was caused by torrential rainfall took lives of innocent Nigerians, leaving many families bereaved and homeless. The rain of Tuesday, 28th July, 2015 was more devastating as over 30 residential buildings were destroyed, while many school buildings were brought down, farmlands were washed away, and roads were cut off. “(This situation is) making it impossible for commuters to gain access to their homes; market stalls containing valuable goods and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.
“About 10 communities, which include: Ogidi, Abate and others have been ravaged by erosion, landslide and flood within the last three weeks. The families of those that lost their lives in the said erosion, landslide, and flood disaster are yet to get support from the federal government,” she said.
Ekwunife added that many families and communities displaced by the disasters are helpless, while many have abandoned their homes for safety in order neighbouring communities. Speaking in support of the motion, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, pointed out that there is a general ecological challenge confronting the country.
He warned that, if the deplorable situation is not quickly arrested, the Northern part of the country would be overtaken by desertification, while the Southern part would be swept away by flood and erosion.
“The erosion and flood in Anambra has washed away churches, schools and farmlands among others. The major threat of this erosion is actually in the South, where most places have been washed away, roads have collapsed. We should take this issue seriously.
“On the ecological fund, the Senate needs to look at how the fund has spent its resources over the years and devise new ways to ensure funds allocated to it are effectively used for the purpose they are meant for.
Let us investigate how ecological fund has been spent over the years to ensure that the target is met,” he pointed out. Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, in his contribution to the motion, said that most of the environmental problems the country faces are caused by erosion.
– Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja