By Dennis Agbo
GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has handed over to a contractor, the Umuavulu-Abor deep erosion gully for reclamation, channelling and remediation work.
Inaugurating the project at the site in Abor, Udi Local Government Area of the state, Governor Ugwuanyi said the project was cleared by the World Bank which he said was a veritable partnering agency.
He stated that the procurement processes for the project crystallised to the inauguration, adding that the project has not only brought smiles to various households in the affected community but has also inserted mitigation measures to the environmental challenge.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Works, Engr. Greg Nnaji, Governor Ugwuanyi disclosed that the project had, last year, carried out Resettlement Action Plan to percieved affected persons.
“This effort, I was reliably informed, had various households receiving some monetary compensation,” Ugwuanyi said.
State coordinator for the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, Mr Vincent Obetta noted that prior to the project inauguration, series of sensitisation, workshops and training were conducted for the family stakeholders to ensure its smooth running and sustainability. Obetta stated that the project would not have been possible without the counterpart funding of the state government released last year to compensate the project affected persons.
President-General of the community, Mr Netchy Mbaeze expressed the gratitude of the community for the bold step of the state government and the World Bank for the rescue project.
“This dreadful natural disaster had continued to eat up our land from all flanks and to threaten our very existence,” Mbaeze said.