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The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Charles Soludo said he would sign an executive order banning sand mining in erosion-prone communities.
Governor Soludo made this known when he hosted a town hall meeting on erosion control and management with stakeholders from five communities in the state, largely affected by gully erosion.
The 5 out of 146 communities affected by gully erosion in the state are Nanka, Awgbu, Oko, Amaokpala, and Ekwulobia.
The governor appealed to the communities in the state to join the government in her efforts to fight the erosion menace ravaging the state.
The town hall meeting tagged; ‘Delivering the Solution Mandate in Erosion Control‘ was held at Oko Civic Centre.
‘The environment is Anambra’s most serious existential threat. ‘The fifth finger of my administration’s manifesto is based on the environment; towards green, clean, planned markets, communities, and cities to make our environment sustainable,’ he said.
The governor stated that part of the challenge is that individuals have the wrong attitude towards the environment, but expect the government to do everything instead of contributing their quota as well.
‘As an individual, what have you done today and tomorrow to combat the erosion threat?’ He inquired.
He observed that the greatest moment to act was decades ago, saying that the second best time to act is now, emphasizing the need to define the individual and collective responsibilities.