Imo to part­ner NEWMAP to check eco­log­i­cal prob­lem

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Johnkennedy Uzoma, Ow­erri

Imo State Govern­ment has re­it­er­ated its re­solve to con­tinue to play a com­pli­men­tary role in fight­ing ero­sion men­ace in the state.

Deputy Gover­nor, Prince Eze Mad­umere, stated this, yes­ter­day, while re­ceiv­ing the del­e­ga­tion from Nige­rian Ero­sion Wa­ter Shade Man­age­ment Project in his of­fice in Ow­erri.

He dis­closed that the govern­ment has con­cluded ar­range­ment for the re­lease of N300 mil­lion coun­ter­part funds to en­able the body tackle ero­sion prob­lems in the state, es­pe­cially in the present sea­son.

He ap­pealed to the del­e­ga­tion mem­bers to con­sider other ero­sion sites apart from Uru­alla, Iheoma and Eziala, Obizi in Ezini­hitte Mbaise as they be­gun work.

Prince Mad­umere harped on the need to check eco­log­i­cal prob­lems of the state, say­ing they posed se­ri­ous so­cio-po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic threats to com­mu­ni­ties and states.

Also speak­ing, the Com­mis­sioner for Petroleum and En­vi­ron­ment, Prof. Okey Okoro, thanked the Rochas Oko­rochaled Res­cue Mis­sion for re­lease of its coun­ter­part fund, de­scrib­ing the ges­ture as a demon­stra­tion of love for the cit­i­zenry.

Brief­ing the Deputy Gover­nor ear­lier, the leader of the del­e­ga­tion, Dr. Amos Abu, said they were in the state to con­sol­i­date on their part­ner­ship with the govern­ment in tack­ling ero­sion men­ace in the state.

While thank­ing state govern­ment for its pos­i­tive dis­po­si­tion, he ap­pealed for the timely re­lease of the coun­ter­part fund to en­able them be­gin their func­tion.

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