THE Anambra State Government has commenced control work on a gully erosion threatening the structure housing the Federal High Court Complex and Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka.
Governor Willie Obiano while inspecting the reclamation work at the site announced that work would be completed before next year’s rainy season.
He praised the World Bank for their support in containing the situation.
“The project is being funded by the World Bank through the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, in collaboration with the Anambra State Government.
“I call for more assistance from the FG and other agencies to surmount the challenge posed by erosion across the state.
“It’s a big disaster and has affected the structure of the Federal High Court, Awka threatening to pull down its plant house.
“I am impressed at the work of the contractor; my impression from a look at his job shows he is handling the work professionally,’’ Obiano said.
Mike Okonkwo, commissioner for environment, noted that the government had attracted about N10 billion in tackling erosion menace in the state.
Mike Ivenso, project coordinator, NEWMAP in Anambra State, said the erosion was caused by floodwaters coming from different parts of Awka.
He, however, appealed to the contractor to channel the floodwater into a nearby stream to avoid further destruction.
Yusuf Wouwsef, site manager of the firm, pledged to complete the job by next year with proper flood-control.
A Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice I B Gafai, said that the work done so far to control the gully was encouraging.
– Nov 29, 2017 @ 18:59 GMT |