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South East has 2,300 gully erosion sites, says Reps spokesman

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There are no fewer than 2,300 gully erosion sites in the five states of the South East region, says House Of Representatives spokesman, Benjamin Kalu.

Kalu, who represents Bende Federal Constituency of Abia State, told newsmen that of the 2,300 sites, about 700 were in Anambra State, 400 in Enugu, 450 in Imo, 350 in Ebonyi, and 300 in Abia.

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He recalled that the erosion menace, which was also affecting his constituents, partly prompted his first motion in the House in June 2019 as a fresh national lawmaker.

Describing erosion as a challenge in the South East, he added that it was also the greatest impact of climate change in the region.

According to him, about four kilometres of land in Amankalu Alayi was affected by gully erosion, which destroyed farmlands and displaced people. He also cited Etiti Ulo, Itumbuzo Road, which suffered the same fate.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker, however, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for reportedly approving the construction of a bridge in Mkpa that will reduce the burden on his people.

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