By VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA— GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State yesterday appealed to the World Bank to fast-track work on erosion sites in the South-East geo-political zone of the country in the interest of the people.
He made the appeal during a meeting with the World Bank team, led by its country director, Marie Francaise Marie-Nelly.
Obi said he remained grateful to President Goodluck Jonathan for going beyond promises to actual tackling of the menace through the Federal Government and international organisations’ collaboration with the governments of the South-East geo-political zone.
He described the South-East as the worst erosion ravaged area in the sub- saharan Africa and expressed optimism that the intervention by the World Bank would go a long way to ensure eco stability in the country.
Speaking during the meeting, the Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank, Dr. Amos Abu, expressed delight at the governor’s uncommon passion for things that would benefit his people, adding that following the representation made by the South-East governors, under the leadership of Governor Obi, President Goodluck Jonathan approached the World Bank for assistance to control the menace of erosion in the region.
He said as a result, the World Bank set up a strong team to work with the Federal and state governments of the zone, adding that the team was already doing an appraisal that would soon get to the implementation stage.