Soludo raises the alarm over erosion threat, begins tree planting
Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, has lamented the threatening erosion menace, which, he said, has affected no fewer than 1,000 sites in parts of the state.
As a remedy, the governor has flagged off “One House, Two Trees” campaign to curb the threatening gully erosion. He did this at a programme to mark this year’s ‘World Environment Day,’ with the theme, ‘Only One Earth.’
Represented by the Head of Service, Theodora Igwegbe, at an enlarged stakeholders forum at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka, the governor said the tree planting campaign would help check the erosion menace.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Environment, Felix Odimegwu, said the state would embark on planting of trees and grasses, adding that the essence of the celebration is to hype the challenges and proffer solutions aimed at environmental preservation.
Odumegwu said the governor has provided about one million seedlings for planting, which, he said, would be ‘one house, two trees,’ observing that the prone nature of the soil is the reason the state is embarking on the tree planting project.
In a paper he presented titled, ‘Only One Earth, Only One Anambra: The Imperative of Rational Innovative Strategies,’ a don, Dr. Emmanuel Obiano, said inherent in the theme is the admission that the earth/environment is threatened by imminent catastrophe and unfriendly deliberate actions and inactions by man.
Obiano, an environmental health expert at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, pointed out that the threat is real and pervasive, stressing that current knowledge and emerging realities persuade man to reckon that environmental determinism takes precedent over other notions of development.
According to him, Anambra, with a land mass of 4,844 s/metres and a huge population of about 6.2 million, is under land and environmental pressure, associated with over-crowding, spatial congestion and indiscriminate refuse accumulation, over cropping and leaching, which decrease crop yields with active erosion degeneration.
Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation, Cleaner Neighbourhood Initiative (CNI), led by Gloria Obuekwe, has embarked on tree planting and greening of the environment programme in support of Soludo, on issues of environmental recovery through tree planting and waste evacuation.
As part of activities marking the 2022 World Environment Day, CNI kick-started its one week environmental cleaning and greening of its public spaces across the state.