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Erosion: W’Bank, Anambra come to Awka Fed High Court’s rescue

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WORLD Bank is partnering Anambra State Government through Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in its effort to combat the gully erosion site encroaching into Federal High Court Complex and Dr Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka.

Disclosing this development yesterday while speaking during an unscheduled visit to inspect level of ongoing construction work at the site, Gov. Willie Obiano commended the global donor agency in its intervention to control ecological disasters in Anambra State, promising that the projects will be completed before next rainy season.

Calling for more urgent assistance from federal government and other agencies in his administration’s commitment to reclaiming the axis and other endemic areas from gully erosion, Gov. Obiano however said he was impressed by the contractor’s work, describing it as professional.

In a brief remark, Anambra State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Mike Okonkwo said Obiano-led administration attracted over N10 billion to tackle erosion menace in the area while Project Coordinator of NEWMAP in Anambra State, Mr. Mike Ivenso said the erosion was caused by flood emerging from different parts of Awka, noting that it would be channeled into a stream to avoid further destruction and salvage the area.

The Federal High Court Awka gully site recently reached disaster proportion threatening to pull down its plant house with heavy structural impact on the building. But a judge of the court, Justice I. B. Gafai, expressed delight with level of work going on to combat the menace.

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