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Azubogu laments attack on security, worsening erosion in Anambra

Says attacks on security establishment in Anambra will deepen employment crisis, calls for end on the attack on security personnel, suggests new strategy with Ad Hoc Restorative Justice Commission on Human Right Violation in resolving this, adds that worsening erosion menace worrisome, noting that Anambra's over 250 erosion sites not tourist sites but threats that must be defeated

The leading People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship aspirant in the November 6 election, Engr. Chris Emeka Azubogu, has expressed concerns over the targeted attacks on security personnel in Anambra State, lamenting that it will deepen unemployment induced crisis especially among youths as investors are likely to migrate from the State.

Regretting that these will ultimately lead to jobs loses, the member representing Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives said whatever has triggered these spate of attacks on the security infrastructure in Anambra State cannot be resolved through these attacks.

Engr Azubogu counseled the perpetrators to consider alternative conflict resolution approach other than these attacks as it will obviously drive away the needed investments and businesses which will affect the people most.

Azubogu, in a statement released by his Media Office on Monday, stated: “Whatever might be the reason behind these constant attacks on security formations in the State to the extent of killings, cannot be resolved through these attacks.

“As I continue to condemn them because of their negative consequences on the people, I also call for an end to these attacks on security formations. Let us consider alternative conflict resolution approach than this attacks.

“In the case of Anambra State, I will suggest we open up an ad-hoc ‘Restorative Justice Commission’ on human rights violation in the State as one of the numerous means of resolving insecurity in the State.

“The danger is that insecurity will further damage the economy of the State already weakened by an already bad situation exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

“The people will invariably suffer. This is not what is needed now to grow the economy of the State.”

Azubogu also commiserated with the Nigeria Police and the families of the victims of these attacks on security formations and personnel.

He said that “there is need for multi-party engagements on how to resolve general insecurity in the State and restore peace for the peaceful people of Anambra State.”

Earlier in another development, Engr. Azubogu expressed deep concern over worsening erosion menace across the state.

Azubogu spoke at Umunnowu village, Agulu in Anaocha LGA of the state where he had gone to condole with Chief Jude Onyeanwuna Ezeani, the Anaocha LG Chapter Chairman of PDP and the entire Ezeani family, over the death of their beloved mother, Ezinne Felicia Ezeani (Atala) who was laid to rest yesterday.

In his exact words, “the spate of erosion menace threatening the Anambra landscape is worrisome; we over 250 erosion sites across the state and they should not be viewed as tourist sites but threats that must be defeated.”

The frontline PDP governorship hopeful regretted that land spaces that should be deployed for commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential use are either already eroded or threatened by erosion.

According to him, “it is worrisome that, with land space of 4,865 square kilometers, while Anambra’s population is significantly growing, erosion menace is also growing and taking a chunk of limited land.

“We cannot resign to fate or view these erosion sites as tourist destinations where people only go for site seeing and take pictures.

“As a Governor of Anambra State, by God’s grace, we will deploy effective land reclamation mechanisms to substantially recover eroded land spaces.

“We will also evolve and implement regulations that will prevent public behaviours that have negative consequences on our environment.”

Concluding, Azubogu stressed that the first line of defense against erosion menace in Anambra is for people and community leaders to take necessary and outlined preventive measures serious.

“Our people and community leaders must lead the ‘war’ targeted at preventing fresh erosion menaces.

“Anambra State government should also take seriously the issue of environmental impact assessment before every construction activity is commenced in the State, bearing in mind that we have to protect our land from erosion.”

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