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 Ecological Disaster Foundation to Fight Erosion in Anambra

 

Senator Annie Okonkwo

 

The Sun Publishing Limited and Senator Annie Okonkwo, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the formation of Ecological Disaster Foundation to raise the needed funds to combat erosion in Anambra state. The senator, who represents Anambra Central senatorial zone in Nigeria's upper legislative house, commended the management of The Sun newspaper group for coming up with the project, saying that government cannot do everything by itself. He described the project as a corporate social responsibility, undertaken by the widely-circulated national daily, that is bound to add value to the lives of the people and communities of Anambra State.

The Deputy Managing Director and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Dimgba Igwe, hinted that future agenda of the Ecological Disaster Foundation may spread into other Southeastern states. He pointed out that The Sun newspaper group is engaging in this worthy endeavor because it is the duty of such a corporate entity to serve residents of Anambra state who cannot be left to be ravaged by erosion on their own. Last year, the Champion Newspapers gave coverage to a similar occasion when Senator Okonkwo first revealed his intent to establish an NGO to combat erosion in Anambra state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erosion gully located in Urueze Village, Ideani community in Idemili North LGA in Anambra state. Senator Okonkwo hails from Ojoto which is only a short distance away from Ideani

 

 

 

 

 

Farmlands, residential homes and economic trees and crops are swallowed by the gully

 

This rapidly expanding new gully at the Uke junction shall soon swallow major highways nearby 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New erosion gully in Uke community in Idemili North LGA. This gully was started by an Anambra government contractor, RCC. Senator Okonkwo's hometown, Ojoto, is next door to Uke.

 

 

 

 

Senator Annie Okonkwo represents a constituency that is extensively afflicted by the scourge of uncontrolled storm water erosion. Agulu community, which happens to be the hometown of Governor Peter Obi, is easily the worst afflicted in the central zone. Other locations in local government areas like Idemili North, Idemili South, Njikoka, Dunukofia, Awka North and Awka South have, in recent decades, developed impressive number of gullies at a rate that shall soon make the Anambra Central Senatorial zone the epicenter of emergent erosion gully formation in Nigeria. Communities like Alor, Oraukwu, Awgbu, Ogidi, Abagana, Enugwukwu, Nnobi, Ojoto, Umuoji and Nkpor are losing huge chunks of valuable living space and arable land yearly to tens of new gullies located within them.

Senator Annie Okonkwo, in his capacity as Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, sent his top aide, Obi Chidolue Okpala, to partake in WIEF's inaugural seminar/workshop held in Awka in August 2007. Speaking on behalf of his boss during that event, Mr. Okpala emphasized the necessity of building a collaborative framework between Awka and Abuja in order to maximize effectiveness of efforts being made to tackle the humongous task of arresting and reversing the complex environmental challenges that face the state. He decried a scenario where the government operatives at the state level and Anambra representatives at the federal level would end up deploying conflicting stratagems in dealing with the same problem, particularly in the realm of environmental remediation which Anambra badly needs on ongoing basis.

Formation of the Ecological Disaster Foundation by Senator Okonkwo, in close collaboration with the Sun Newspaper group, is consistent with the legislator's quest to play a leading role in deriving practical solutions to Anambra state's many environmental problems. WIEF welcomes and lauds Senator Okonkwo's bold initiative and looks forward to close collaboration with the Ecological Disaster Foundation in mobilizing the necessary manpower and material resources for arresting and reversing the widespread degradation and decay that abound in Anambra state and throughout all parts of ground zero.

 

Obi Okpala at WIEF seminar/workshop

 

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