NEWMAP warns against illegal sand mining in Cross River
If the battle against erosion must be won in nearest future in Cross River, all stakeholders must be involved, as it would difficult the government or groups to win the fight all alone, the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, (NEWMAP), has said.
NEWMAP said this last week in Calabar, while raising the over the spate of gully erosion in Cross River state, urging residents to desist from illegal sand mining.
The state has over 38 dangerous erosion sites and NEWMAP has charged Cross Riverians to protect their environment against gully erosions and all forms of environmental disasters so as not to worsen current situation.
The agency added the World Bank through Cross River State Project Management Unit, is currently working on five critical erosion sites in the state, including Ikot Anwatim, Ikot Ekpo, Edim Otop, Nyaghasang and Atakpa, warning that the feat would make desired impact if everyone does his or her part to protect the environment.
NEWMAP State Coordinator, Mr. Fidelis Anukwa stated this last week in Calabar while briefing the media on the need to educate the public on the dangers of neglecting their environment.
While condemning activities of illegal sand mining, blocking of drainages with waste and other unfriendly human activities to the environment, Fidelis said in order for the NEWMAP project to succeed in the state such practices must be put to check by each individual concern.
He said, the theme of this year’s Environment Day is ‘Join the Race and Make the World a Better Place and that tells us that, there is a role we have to play as individuals. There is a contribution you have to make as a person that is why we are to make people understand the need to do their own bids in protecting the environment.
“If everybody understands what he or she is supposed to do at the end of the day the whole job would have been done and made easier.