By Chioma Ndife
The Member Representing Dunukofia Constituency in Anambra State House of Assembly and Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu said plans were currently ongoing to permanently rid Anambra of dirt. He said that the plan when initiated, would stop the State Government from spending millions of Naira on de-silting.
The House Chairman disclosed this to Fides while speaking on the plans of the state government to make Anambra a dirt free state. He said that every rainy season comes with one form of fear or another on the destructive effect which the rain would have on the people, following blockages of various drainage channels. He maintained that the worst effect which the rain would have on the people had gone by, as the state government had embarked on de-silting of all drainages in the State.
'The worst has passed by. As the Chairman Committee on Environment, I had a lot of concern that the rainy season might bring it, impending danger. We have passed the worst as we are already in the mid part of September and I think the fear of dirt blocking water channels was fought through the distilling currently on going'.
He noted that the state government spends billions of Naira every year to clean the state and revealed that a blueprint for permanent eradication of dirts in Anambra State would soon be unveiled.
'There is an ongoing process now, to look for a permanent solution to combat dirt because every year, Anambra spends millions to de-silt all the cities in the state. So we are working seriously to have a permanent solution taking cognizance of the fact that the state government has a miniature budget, so we cannot use greater percentage of the resources in the State to be cleaning gutters, streets and other places'.
He explained that the committee had held meeting the with Ministry of Environment, Awka Physical Planning, Awka Capital Territory Agency to pull efforts together and reposition the face of Awka and Anambra State through effective control of environmental hazards.
'When we had our joint meetings, that's the Committee on Environment in the State House of Assembly, we invited the Ministry of Environment, Awka Physical planning and Awka Capital Territory Agency. The three groups had to come together in order to formulate a structural solution to the buildings that springs up in most parts of the state. Most of these problems are as a result of industrialization, movement of humans and a lot of activities going on within an area. We have set up a committee handed by the Commissioner for Environment and we gave them by the end of the month to come up with plan geared at minimizing the presence of dirt in the State' he stated .
He revealed that the flood problem was as result of the many houses that were built on drainage channels, closure of water channels by some landlords, lack of connecting drainages in some houses being carried out in Awka by most contractors.
He expressed optimism that the committee would soon come up with a blueprint which would be passed to the executive for immediate execution to curtail flooding in the state.