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Senate Raises Alarm Over Erosion Sites In Imo

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The Nigerian Senate has directed the Ecological Fund Office (EFO) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately embark on remedial works on Obodoukwu, Urualla, Akokwa, Umumaisiaku, Urachima and Umueshi gully erosion sites in Ideato North and South Local Governments in Imo.

It encouraged the agencies to work together to bring in geologists, hydrologists, and environmental engineers to undertake assessments and put stabilization, gabion installations, and terracing measures into place to reduce threats to neighboring villages and stop further losses.

The Eastern Updates reports that the Senate resolution came following a motion at plenary on Thursday on ‘Urgent Need to Carry-Out Remedial Work on Obodoukwu, Urualla, Akokwa, Umumaisiaku, Urachima and Umueshi Gully Erosion Sites in Ideato North and Ideato South LGAs, Imo State.’

The motion was sponsored by Sen. Izunaso Osita (APC-Imo).

In his lead debate, Osita said the total collapse of the Obodoukwu, Urualla, Akokwa, Umumaisiaku, Umuchima and Umueshi gully erosion sites have become treacherous leading to loss of human lives, properties worth over N4 billion and inflicted severe injuries.

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He decried the continuous loss of lives, businesses and properties of individuals, non-governmental organisation and the government by the erosion menance.

He said the total number of affected communities were twelve and that the two local governments share border with Anambra, Enugu and Abia states.

He expressed concern that the gullies and floodwaters was now beyond the Imo state government, hence, the need for Federal Government’s presence to urgently undertake immediate remedial work.

This, he said was to mitigate the risks and prevent further loss of lives, properties, and environmental degradation in the affected areas.

Senate in its further resolution urged NEMA to urgently implement a community resettlement plan, where necessary, to relocate residents from high-risk areas, providing them with adequate housing, livelihood support, and necessary amenities.

It further urged NEMA and EFO to establish community-based initiatives to enhance resilience, like emergency response teams, evacuation plans, and formation of local task forces with focused on disaster management.

Senate commended Imo government on its quick response and intervention which saved some lives and reclaimed many properties.

The Eastern Updates

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