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Nigeria: Anambra state denies media report on erosion

The Anambra State Government said yesterday that it has nor received the sum of N10 billion from the Federal Government for the control of erosion in the state, as stated by a media report.

Mr. Mike Udah Udah, spokesman of the State Governor, who was reacting to a story credited to Senator Annie Okonkwo that the state government received N10 billion from the Federal Government for the control of erosion in Anambra State, through a statement said the development is strange to the state government.

“The attention of the Anambra State Government has been drawn to a news story entitled “Anambra Needs 1 Trillion to Tackle Erosion; Federal Government Releases N10 billion” which appeared on page 13 of the Vanguard Newspaper of June 9, 2010.

“According to this story, the Senator representing Anambra Senatorial District in the Senate, Chief Annie Okonkwo said among other things, that the Federal Government did release the sum of N10 billion towards the tackling of the erosion problem in Anambra State.

“This claim that the Federal Government has released to Anambra State N10 billion for the purpose of fi

vernment of Anambra State would be very glad if anyone could enable it collect the said sum of money as the problem of erosion in the state demands urgent attention,” he said.

“It would be recalled Governor Obi has made several efforts to ensure that erosion menace in Anambra State was properly handled, the latest being the invitation he extended to the Hon. Minister for Environment, Mr. John Ogar Odey which made the Minister to visit erosion sites in Anambra State.

“The Governor had also brought the Senate Committee on Ecologhy and the House of Representative Committee on Environment to Anambra State to see for themselves the damage wreaked on the State by erosion.

“The state is working on many erosion sites, such as the ones in Osumenyi, Utuh, Ebenebe, Umuchu and others,” the statement said.