Anambra State Government has commenced control work on the gully threatening to pull down Federal High Court Complex and Alex Ekwueme Square Structure in Awka, the State Capital.
The State Governor, Willie Obiano while inspecting the reclamation work at the site of the gully announced that the work would be completed before next year's rainy season.
Obiano appreciated World Bank for their enormous support in containing the situation.
The project is being funded by the World Bank through the Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP in collaboration with the Anambra State Government.
I call for more assistance from the Federal Government and other agencies to surmount the challenge posed by erosion across the State.
It's a big disaster and has affected the structure of the Federal High Court, threatening to pull down its plant house.
I am impressed by the work of the contractor. From the look of his job, he will handle it professionally,'' Obiano said.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mike Okonkwo said that the State Government had attracted over N10 billion to tackle erosion in the area.
The Project Coordinator, NEWMAP in Anambra State, Mr Mike Ivenso, said the erosion was caused by flood coming from different parts of Awka.
He, however, appealed to the contractor to channel the flood water into a stream to avoid further destruction.
The Site Manager of the firm handling the project, Mr Yusuf Wouwsef pledged to complete the job by next year with proper flood control.
A Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice I. B. Gafai said that the work done so far to control the gully was encouraging.
Source: Voice of Nigeria