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 WIEF Begins Soil Erosion Study in Nkwerre Community, Imo State

 

Dr. Odili Ojukwu, WIEF Executive Director, addresses Nkwerre community leaders on erosion study (click here to enlarge) 

 

The Executive Director of WIEF-Nigeria, Dr. Odili Ojukwu and the Director of Operations, Engr. (Chief) J.N.B. Ofojebe visited Nkwerre Community today September 12, 2009 as part of an initial soil erosion study of the community sponsored by Nze Gibson Chigbu. The WIEF team was received in Nkwerre by Chief Nze G.O. Anyaegbu (Secretary, Eshi Cabinet) on behalf of the traditional ruler, HRH Eze (Dr. Barr.) C.J. Okwara IV, Eshi of Nkwerre.

The WIEF team then met with the Assembly of Nkwerre community leaders consisting of the Town Union Executive members (NAU) and the leadership of the various villages that make up the town. The meeting took place at the Nkwerre Customary Court Hall. The WIEF team was introduced to the assembly by the President General of NAU, Engr. Sam Akano (JP) who explained that the team was at Nkwerre to conduct a study of the soil erosion problems within the community.

 

 

 

Nze Gibson Chigbu 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Director of Operations, WIEF Nigeria in Anambra state, Joseph B. Ofojebe (Engineer) retired from Shell Nigeria after serving  the oil conglomerate for 30 years. He lives in his hometown, Umuona in Aguata LGA where he served as the town union's President General for many years. As his community's leader, the highly experienced engineer designed and implemented imaginative storm water control measures which resulted in radical reduction in runoff toward the Nanka-Oko-Ekwulobia gully erosion complex. The control methods perfected in Umuona have been adopted by WIEF for wide application elsewhere in Anambra state and rest of ground zero.

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Joseph N. B. Ofojebe (Engineer) 

 

 Enthused Nkwerre indigenes listening to WIEF team yesterday Sept 12, 2009 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Imo state government, through its Ministry of Environment,  conducted a workshop in Owerri for representatives of all local governments in the state. Dr. Odili Ojukwu and WIEF team have collaborated in this very successful project and more of such grassroots enlightenment events are scheduled in the future.

 

 

 

Following the introduction, Dr. Ojukwu addressed the assembly, explaining in more detail the purpose of the WIEF team visit, the reasons for the proposed soil erosion study and the goals and expectations of the study.

 

He indicated that field work would commence early next week and some site tour guides will be required to show the field crew all the soil erosion sites within Nkwerre community. Dr. Ojukwu informed the assembly that the project is being sponsored by one of their sons, Nze Gibson Chigbu who is based in the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the very short notice regarding the visit of WIEF's team, Nkwerre indigenes turned out in large numbers to fill up all available seats in the hall. Men and women are equally keen to be part of the process of learning the best practical means to arrest and remedy the scourge of topsoil and gully erosion in Nkwerre and environs as well as other parts of their local government area.

 

 

Nkwerre womenfolk stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their men in this endeavor 

The President General of NAU, on behalf of the community, expressed the people's delight in the study and gratitude to the project sponsor, Nze Gibson Chigbu and WIEF for their commitment in undertaking the project.

It should be recalled that WIEF had completed and published a soil erosion study for Ideani community in Idemili North LGA of Anambra state. This type of detailed expert documentation of erosion problems, as they exist in all communities, shall provide the most objective guidelines of how best to implement effective and lasting solutions. The studied communities, of course, shall be given priority attention as soon as funding and other resources become available for massive environmental remediation throughout ground zero.

With the success and popularity of the WIEF soil erosion studies at Ideani and Nkwerre communities, in Anambra and Imo states respectively, the grassroots population at ground zero has demonstrated its willingness to collaborate in making the needed change in our living space to happen sooner than later. WIEF plans to extend these studies to cover all communities, local government areas and states in the near future.

 

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