Abia State House of Assembly Plenary for Monday, 22nd February, 2021.
Rt Hon Ifeanyi Uchendu, Deputy Speaker of the House and Member representing Ohafia South State Constituency said the opening prayer.
The Abia State House of Assembly commenced plenary after the adoption of Votes and Proceedings of Tuesday, 2nd February, 2021, as a working document of the House.
MATTER OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE
The Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Uchendu brought up a matter of urgent public importance about devastating gully erosion sites in Ohafia South State Constituency and the non inclusion of same in the priority list of Abia NEWMAP. He said the agency, Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, a World Bank assisted State-led agency whose primary responsibility is to respond to the challenges of gully erosions, emerging land degradation and other environmental challenges have not executed a single remediation work in Ohafia South State Constituency, despite the number of active gully erosions ravaging many communities in the area.
Rt Hon Uchendu said the erosion sites pose devastating threats to many lives, properties and essential infrastructure. He further informed that gullies have developed along the corridors of Amaekpu-Elu Onyirinmba Road, Elu-Ebem Court Road, Baksassi in Amaekpu, Water Works Road, Elu and Ndi Uduma Awoke.
He prayed the House to mandate the leadership of Abia NEWMAP and the Technical Committee to visit the erosion sites for an on the spot assessment and subsequent inclusion of same in the priority list for urgent action.