New Telegraph reports that the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has called for the intervention of the House Committee on Housing and Habitat on the gully erosion menace threatening the South East and Abia State in particular, to tackle the problem.
According to New Telegraph, the Governor stated this when he received in audience the House committee on Environment and Habitat led by its chairman, Hon Obinna Chidioka, at the Government House yesterday, saying that the South East and Abia state have had their fair share of ecological menace and its attendant consequences.
Ikpeazu noted that because of the erosion problem, many parts of Abia state including Isuikwuato and Ubakala could no longer be easily assessed.
He noted that beyond using the ecological funds to intervene on environmental issues, there was the need for proactive measures in managing the environment, adding that some of the problems were beyond the capability of the state government to handle.
“Certain basic and fundamental measures such as the use of sand bags etc should be the norm, in addition to creating awareness on environmental issues and incorporating it as part of the schools’ curriculum,” he said.
Ikpeazu attributed the growing erosion and ecological challenges to indiscriminate sand mining and other man made activities. In his speech, the chairman of the committee, Hon Chidioka said they were in the state to look at issues prevailing in the environment as part of their mandate.
Source: New Telegraph