By Ezeike Obele, Nnewi
Obiano stated at the weekend when he was inspecting ongoing work at the erosion site in Umuogbo community in Nnewichi-Nnewi in Nnewi North local government area. He noted that while other states were expanding by reclaiming lands in the sea areas, Anambra state was shrinking as a result of the menace of gully erosion noting that his administration was passionately committed to fighting the scourge.
Obiano said he came to the 3.8 km Umuogbo erosion site a year ago and promised to put an end to wanton loss of properties being witnessing in the community occasioned by gully erosion.
The Anambra state governor said that his administration was working on 14 erosion sites out of the 972 sites in partnership with the World Bank and NEWMAP. He reassured the Nnewi community that work would be completed in the site by July 2019, as the contract was being handled by CGC Nigeria Limited and had been fully paid for.
Obiano, therefore, urged the host community to give maximum support and cooperation to the contractor so that the project would not suffer any setback.
A stakeholder in the community, Hon Soge Egbuna, while thanking the Anambra state governor for his intervention, said the residents of Umuogbo were sleeping with one eye open due to the problem of erosion menace. He reassured the governor that his people would provide enabling environment to enable the contractor complete the project on a record time.