Imo State is willing to partner with international agencies and the
World Bank to tackle and solve the menace of erosion and other
environmental problems affecting the development of the state.
Gov. Rochas Anayo Okorocha who stated this in Abuja during a meeting
of the Federal Ministry of Environment and international organizations
lamented that gully erosion has devastated several parts of the state
and has affected the life and culture of the people. “Gully erosion is
threatening my home in the village and those of other Imolites so I am
personally affected by this problem” he said.
Gov. Okorocha called for massive tree planting campaign as a permanent
solution to the issue. He expressed appreciation to the agencies
working to check all environmental problems especially in the south
east. He called for cooperation by all affected agencies to ensure a
sustainable strategy to permanently solve the problem.
The Anambra State Commissioner for Environment said the south
eastern states are worst hit by the problem and called for increased
funding to the affected states. ” I plead for haste in implementing
approved projects as several villages have be sacked by these erosion
menace”. he said.
He asked the World Bank to pay contractors handling projects
directly, rather than through federal or state governments.
The World Bank promised to quickly provide the funds for the speedy
take-off of all projects.