Thursday, 9 June 2016

Declare Anambra an Ecological Devastated State—Obiano Tells FG

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has called on the Federal Government to declare Anambra an Ecologically-devastated State owing to its numerous erosion challenges.

Obiano, who stated this while declaring open the 2016 World Environment Day in Awka, lamented that despite its small landmass, the state is continually losing so much to erosion, even as he noted that his administration was determined to tackle the gully challenges as through the local and international assistance.

According to the governor, out of nine hundred and sixty documented erosion sites in the state, his relentless effort resulted in the approval by the World Bank to intervene in more erosion sites in addition to the four sites it is working on already.

He therefore noted that the session which featured presentations on ecological issues, erosion control and management, waste disposals and management, renewable energy development and climate change, was critical to the Environmental Protection agenda of his government, and called for a collaborative efforts with stakeholders and the governed at sustaining the campaign for greener and cleaner cities in the State.

A keynote Speaker at the event and Chief Executive Officer, Zoetic Energy, a leading edge Renewal Energy Developer in the United States, Dr Jerome Ringo, while stressing the need for a multi-dimensional approach towards providing the Energy Demands of the people, reiterated that the leaderships across the globe should synergize and focus on stimulating the economy with green projects, even as he expressed readiness to partner the state in developing renewable energy through the use of clean technology solution.

Also speaking, Mr Paul Abolo, the President of Ecologistics Integrated Limited, the State's Consultant on Climate Change Action stressed the need for Government and the Stakeholders to embrace what he tagged "the Globalization Concept" in addressing ecological challenges, a concept he said entails acting locally and thinking globally.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Environment, Beautification and Ecology, Dr Ifeanyi Ejikeme, explained that the session is part of the State Government's efforts at creating awareness on the issue of Environmental protection and to renew its commitment to its Climate Change Action.  



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