Awka-Anambra State House of Assembly has called on Anambra Government to encourage landlords to construct covered catchment pits to absorb floodwaters.
This will help to mitigate devastating erosion menace in the state,” Mr Pete Ibida, representing Njikoka 2, sponsor of the motion made the call during plenary on Aug. 20.
The motion had been seconded by Mr Emeka Aforka representing Orumba North State constituency.
Speaking on the motion, Ibida said the motion was hinged on section 20 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which provides for protection and improvement of the environment.
Ibida added that he was aware that flood occasioned by heavy rainfall ravaged the environment, including roads, houses and farmlands.
I am also aware that landlords build water channels from their compounds emptying water into roads, there, by causing devastation on roads, houses and farmlands.”
He also noted that he was mindful that Anambra State soil was weak and invariably susceptible to quick devastation and erosion menace.
I am convinced that, landlords can construct covered catchment pits in their respective premises to channel water into such pits to minimise heavy flooding.
Colossal ecological damage in the environment, health hazards and devastating effects on our economy will continue to escalate, if not controlled,” Ibida stressed.
Ibida, then added that it was always catastrophic each time it rained, to the extent that during rains, a lot of people panicked because flood waters enter either their property farmlands and houses.
He cited that certain communities like Adazi-Nnukwu were already implementing the procedure by constructing pits that could prevent floodwaters from wrecking havoc in communities.
Members who spoke in favour of the motion are Mr Emeneka representing Anambra East, Mr Ebele Ejiofor, Anaocha 1, and Mr John Nwokoye (Awka North).
Others are Mr Douglas Nwachukwu (PDP-Onitsha North 1), Mr Ejike Okechukwu (APGA Anaocha 2) and Mr Chuka Ezenwune (APGA-Idemili South).
They expressed the need for construction of catchment pits in premises to reduce pressure of water that enter the roads to cause damages.
They acknowledged that the motion was timely as it would protect against flood devastation.
Let’s take into consideration the climate change being canvassed globally by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency.
It will save Anambra State and help government to save about 70 per cent of funds spent on erosion menace in the state,” they re-echoed.
The resolution was unanimously adopted by the entire House. The session was presided over by Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Paschal Agbodike, who described as apt.
Source: Anambra State Government