Ifeanyi Ubah, Ekwunife Raise Alarm On Rising Threats Of Erosion
The Nigerian Senate on Thursday resolved to send a delegation from the Ecological Fund Office and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) down to Anambra South, Anambra Central and Anambra North Senatorial Districts to visit areas struck by the erosion and other natural disasters.
The resolution was made in response to the motion sponsored by Senators Uche Ekwunife (Anambra Central) and Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra South).
The motion which was aimed at drawing the attention of the Senate to the devastating storms in Obosi, Nkpor and Oraukwu communities received additional prayer that sought for NEMA and Ecological Office intervention on the deadly erosion threatening Nnewi and other communities from Senator Ubah.
While commending Ekwunife for presenting the motion, Ifeanyi Ubah reminded the Senate about the threatened automobile market in Nnewi which he mentioned last week.
According to Senator Ubah, the biggest motorcycle and auto parts market in West Africa popularly known as Nkwo Nnewi market situated along 100 Foot Road Nnewi, in a neighboring Senatorial zone next to that of Senator Ekwunife in Anambra State is currently threatened by a deadly erosion, thereby forcing traders to offload their containers far away from their warehouses and shops, and leaving them with no other option than to use wheelbarrows to convey their goods to the market as a result of the erosion-stricken road.
Senator Ubah further requested that a delegation from the Ecological Fund Office and NEMA should be sent down to Anambra South in order to have a firsthand view and assessment of erosion sites at 100 Foot Road Nnewi, Ekwulobia- Oko-Umunze- Ibinta Road, Agulu-Nanka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Awka and Nnewi campuses) as well that of Umueze in Uga-Aguata so that they can witness the deplorable state of infrastructure and untold suffering men and women go through as a result of the pervasive erosion menace.
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In its response, the Senate resolved to send a delegation from the Ecological Fund Office and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) down to Anambra Central, South and North Senatorial Districts in order to visit areas struck by erosion and also witness the severity of damage it caused so as to mobilize funds, technical assistance and expertise required to tackle the menace.