With the increasing number of erosion sites in Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has solicited for the assistance of the World Bank in tackling the menace.
Ikpeazu, made the plea in Umuahia when he received the audience, the World Bank, Federal Government of Nigeria Newmap team which called on him, said the state alone could no longer single handedly handle the over 1200 erosion sites in the state.
The Governor, who noted that erosion posed a disturbing threat to the state, called for urgent action to save the state from the impending dangers, especially as the rains set in.
He particularly called for urgent solution to the perennial flooding at Ndiegoro area of Aba, the commercial hub of the state which, he said, had become a disaster area.
He restated the preparedness of the state government to partner the World Bank, FGN Newmap team in tackling erosion challenges facing the state.
Speaking earlier, the task team leader of the world bank, FGN Newmap team, Dr.Amos Abu, explained that the initiative was a joint project between world bank, the Federal Government, and the states implementing the Nigeria erosion and watershed management initiative, adding that Abia is one of the pioneer states.
He said the team was intensifying efforts to reduce the vulnerability of the people to the menace of erosion.
The team leader urged the state to pay its counterpart funding to the team as well as select the most vulnerable erosion sites for immediate attention.
He expressed the willingness of the team to tackle erosion in the state provided the government cooperated by paying its counterpart funding.