Governor of Anambra state, Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo, is working to curb/slow the erosion menace in the state. The Environmental Solutions team ventured on a fact-finding visit in some of the country.
The Environmental solution team was led by the Commissioner for Environment, Engr Dr Felix Odimegwu. Under his leadership, they visited several gully erosion sites in the country. A team of Civil Engineers and environmental experts from the Ministry of Environment accompanied the Environmental solution team.
The Anambra State Erosion, watersheds & climate change agency (ANSEWCCA) and Anambra state ministry of Works also accompanied them.
The mission is to ascertain, study and explore the eco-friendly, low-cost technology of using geosynthetic materials (polymeric products)) in the control of the various gully erosion sites in Nigeria
Soludo’s Environmental team also ascertained the model used by ACE Geosynthetic Construction company. They expressed that the team inspected the level of work done on the site. They also inspected the geosynthetic materials used to reclaim vast areas of land lost due to erosion.
Engr Chucks Agwalla, the CEO of ACE Geosynthetic, who was part of the journey, explained vividly how the control process is being done from start to finish. He also reiterated that they could convert the devastated erosion areas they reclaimed using geosynthetic materials to parks and tourist sites.
Commissioner for Environment also highlighted that the overwhelming situation of erosion sites in our dear state Anambra has called for drastic measures; recall that Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo had said in his various interviews that even if we put in our ten years ecological fund in remediating erosion sites, it will still be like dropping a cup of water in an ocean.
“With what I have seen in this study mission, I am very optimistic that it will work in Anambra; it is not only cost-effective but will foster recycling as geosynthetic materials are by-products of recycling”, he added.