By Vincent Ujumadu

Awka—Anambra State governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo has flagged off massive tree planting exercise in the 181 communities as part of measures to control the spread of gully erosion in the state.

The State Head of Service, HOS, Mrs Theodora Igwegbe, who represented Governor Soludo at a ceremony yesterday to mark World Environment Day, said the state could no longer afford further destruction of communities by gully erosion.

 According to the governor, everyone in the state must plant at least ten trees annually and warned against bush burning, burning of wastes,uncontrolled excavation and deforestation in any part of the state, stressing that offenders would be made to face the law.

The state Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Felix Odumegwu said to sustain the tree planting policy,  his ministry would launch operation one house, two trees in order to restore the ecosystem.

He observed that the greatest problem of the environment is erosion and soil degradation and called on the people to desist from activities that would shrink good environment.

He charged traditional rulers, market and youth leaders to assist the government on the fight against erosion menace by quickly reporting any active erosion site in their areas for prompt action.

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