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Declare state of emergency over erosion, activist urges FG

An activist, Mr. Vincent Ezekwueme, has urged the federal government to declare a state of emergency over the threat of erosion in the country, particularly in the southeast.

Ezekwueme, who is the leader of Women Arise for Change in South-East and other civil groups, made the call while speaking to reporters in Enugu on Saturday.

He spoke on the sidelines of World Environment Day 2022, commemorated around the world on Sunday June 5.

According to him, the government at all levels and stakeholders should accelerate concrete actions and encouragement to preserve and protect our environment.

“There is an urgent need for state governments and the federal government to declare a state of emergency on erosion in the country, especially in the southeast.

“It will be recalled that almost a quarter of our environment in the Southeast is ravaged by the threat of disaster and environmental degradation.

“We commend the relentless efforts of Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s administration to ensure a clean, safe and livable environment, especially the disposal of garbage and dumped waste in every nook and cranny of Anambra State.

“However, government at all levels and stakeholders should aggressively step up efforts to clear garbage and waste dumps across the Southeast.

“These piles of waste have led to unprecedented health risks, environmental pollution, erosion and blockage of the drainage system,” he said.

The activist called on Nigerians to see the urgent need to protect our environment through tree planting, proper waste disposal, environmental cleaning and beautification.

“There is a need for government at all levels to order all property owners to clean their drainage systems and gutters to prevent flooding due to the torrential rains and drainage blockage seen in cities across the country,” he said. -he declares.

The World Environment Day 2022 theme “Only One Earth” is the slogan of the campaign which focuses on “Living sustainably in harmony with nature”.