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Reps to FG: Rescue Nanka, neighboring communities of Anambra State from erosion

16th Dec, 2019 | By Sennen Udoh | ||

MAgainst the backdrop of enormous disaster wreaked on Nanka, Okoh, Awgbu and Isulo communities of Anambra State by erosion, House of Representatives has called on the relevant Federal Government (FG) authorities to deploy necessary interventionist measures.

Such measures, they contended, will save the affected communities from the hazards of the natural menace. This position was the climax of a motion sponsored by Hon. Okwudili Ezenwanko at the plenary of the green chamber, recently. Entitled: 'Need to Rescue Nanka, Okoh, Awgbu and Isulo Communities of Anambra State from Erosion Disaster', the six- paragraph motion is a case study in natural disaster management with long and short term redemptive strategies to restore normalcy.

It flags off with an introductory rite which takes readers down the historical lane of erosion disasters in Anambra State, by noting that "over one thousand (1000) erosion sites have been identified in Anambra", including the ones under reference "…located at Ubaha village, Nanka, Umudala village, Nanka (which extends to Okoh community), Anaugo village, Awgbu (linking Awgbu and Amaokpala communities) and Obuluhu village, Isulo."

Paragraph two bemoans the socio-economic effects of erosion to the affected communities, which have seen the cutting off ''families from their ancestral homes and farmlands, especially the inhabitants of Ubaha and Umudala villages, Nanka, in the process destroying basic infrastructure necessary for the economic wellbeing of residents." The third paragraph is an extension of the highlights on the hazardous impact of the natural disaster with particular reference to "the erosion site at Amaugo village Awgbu..." which posed ''a threat to the newly constructed road linking Amawbia through Awulu", among others, up to the point of ''causing continuous topographic depreciation and displacing a great number of members of the affected communities."

The discernment in paragraph four is that of concern about the state of uncertainty, helplessness and vulnerability of "the less privileged persons among those displaced by the erosion" and the advent of terrible hardship such as "living lives of destitution and constant fear over who might fall victim of the coming year's erosion."

In paragraph five, Hon. Ezenwanko, who is reputed for outspokenness on matters of public importance, expressed dissatisfaction with efforts made by relevant government authorities to check the situation, sending a wake-up call to them to deploy necessary strategies to restore a sense of belonging in the affected communities. The concluding paragraph captured the central objective of the motion by calling on the Ecological Fund Office, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Reps Committee on Environment to do the needful to ameliorate the ugly development.

Given its well-researched facts and far-reaching advocacies, it is the belief of environmental experts and natural disaster managers that, if pragmatically implemented, Hon. Ezenwanko's motion has the potency to restore hope to the affected helpless communities in Anambra State haunted by the fear and actual consequences of erosion disaster.

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