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Reps move to address ecological challenges in Anambra

The House of Representatives on Thursday, called on the Federal Government to address the erosion threatening lives and property in Idemili area of Anambra and across the nation.

The house urged the government to direct the Ecological Fund Office to carry out Environment Impact Assessment of erosion and flooding disasters in the area.

It also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to the aid of the affected communities and victims displaced by erosion and flooding.

These were sequel to a motion by Rep. Obinna Chidoka (Anambra-PDP).

In the motion, Chidoka said that communities in Idemili North/South of Anambra and neighbouring areas, over the years suffered hardship from gully erosion and perennial flooding.

According to him, the challenges have displaced hundreds of families, made hectares of farmland useless and uprooted trees of economic value.

The other communities, he said, included Obosi, Nkpor, Ogidi, Abatete, Alor, Ideani, Nnobi, Ojoto and Oba.

Chidoka expressed concern that roads linking those communities and their farmlands had come under severe threat and had become uphill tasks to access farms to evacuate harvested crops and other items.

He said that the situation could worsen food insecurity in the affected communities.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

The house mandated its Committee on Environment and Habitat to visit the erosion and flooding sites in the communities and across the nation and make recommendations.

The committee was given eight weeks for the assignment.

In a similar development, the House urged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to rehabilitate Eketa/ Umuoga road in Rivers and Elelem Ngor in Imo.

This followed a motion moved by Rep. Jerome Eke (Rivers – PDP), who said that the roads which link both states were in a deplorable state.

The lawmaker expressed concern that the condition of the road was hampering commerce and transportation of food items to neighbouring communities and around the state.

He said that as a result of this, foodstuffs go bad on account of low patronage owing to the condition of the road.

He said that governments across the world were encouraging farming to meet the needs of population, and therefore urged the Federal Government to rehabilitate the roads to enable the area contribute to the growth of the nation’ s economy.

The motion was unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.

Through the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, the house mandated the Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to ensure compliance.


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