Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State has flagged -off the Ezemazu Urualla Gully Erosion erosion control project at Urualla in Ideato North Local Government Council.
Concise News reports that the project is worth nine billion, nine hundred and eighty one million, seven hundred and sixty five thousand, five Hundred and fourteen Naira, fourteen Kobo, (₦9,981,765,514.14).
It will be supervised by Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)and handled by Arab Contractors.
According to Ihedioha, his administration has paid the N500M counterpart funding to Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), an agency of the World Bank, under the Federal Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
He said, “it is the priority of the government to safeguard lives and properties of Imolites. Erosion poses a threat to both. Hence when NEWMAP called on the state government for partnership, I directed that half a billion Naria counterpart funding be paid to the agency whose track records are known to the us.
Ihedioha noted that “We are in a hurry to redevelop Imo State and we will stop at nothing to restore the glory days of the state. Records available to us suggest that huge amount of money was mapped out by the previous administration to remedy the menace of erosion in Ideato North and other places, sadly but unsurprisingly, the projects were not carried out and the funds were not accounted for, leaving the residents at the mercy of flooding for the past five years”
“The site has no doubt discouraged economic activities between Orsu and Ideato North Local Government Councils as it links to a major market in Orsu LGA, Ekeututu Market.”