World Bank and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) would assist the Government of Anambra State to address the incessant flooding in Onitsha and environs with a Storm water Master plan, under the programme of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).
This was disclosed yesterday at a meeting between the state’s Commissioner for Environment, Chinwe Nwaebili [above] and the Joint World Bank/ Food and Agricultural Organization and the Federal Government Supervision team currently going on in the State.
Receiving the team to her office, Nwaebili commended the team for coming at a time when Anambra was in dire need of help especially in the area of Erosion and Flood menace.
She appreciated the efforts of the World Bank in the State and urged the Bank to come to its aids in solving this deadly scourge.
She appealed to the team to expedite action in the Storm water master plan assuring that Gov Willie Obiano was ready and willing to partner with them in ensuring that the issue of erosion and flooding is tackled and solved.
In his response, the NEWMAP Task Team leader, Dr. Amos Abu informed Nwaebili that they were in the State on an in-depth visit to see first-hand, how far the civil works and other issues were progressing at the various project sites.
Dr. Abu informed the Commissioner that the World Bank was aware of the request of the State Government for intervention in the area of flood control and assured that the visit would give the team the opportunity to see things as they were, so as to be in a better position to advise accordingly.
He expressed happiness that the State Government is sponsoring the Engineering Design for some gully sites and assured that the Bank will consider the designs once they were in accordance with the World Banks standard.
He called for a policy as well as a legal framework that will ensure sustainability of the Project stressing the importance of institutionalizing the intervention process.
He expressed hope that the project management unit will one day evolve into an agency dedicated to the fight of erosion in the State.
From Chuks Collins, Awka