Flood: Metchie calls for urgent global intervention in Anambra erosion
The African Director, International Association of World Peace Advocates, IAWPA, Amb John Metchie, has called for urgent attention to the widening menace of erosion in Anambra State, which according to him, is currently a big threat to the lives of the people. Metchie, also the Prime Minister of Anambra State Association of Town Unions, ASATU, made the call at the ongoing United Nations Habitat Assembly in Kenya. He called on the United Nations and other international organizations across the world to, as a matter of urgency, do something to rescue the people and their communities against erosion. Dr. Metchie said that although the Anambra erosion menace has lasted for some years, the situation is getting worse, especially after the massive flooding of 2022 that affected many communities in Nigeria. He said that apart from wiping out farmlands and ancient landmarks, erosion is cutting community to community roads, making it difficult for rural farmers to take their produce to the market, a development he said is about to trigger off hunger among rural dwellers. Metchie further drew the attention of the world, especially the UN-Habitat gathering, that the erosion menace has vastly affected the environment and the entire ecosystem, including climate and others. He added that the government's effort to develop the state may not yield an impact if the erosion is not confronted and pushed back. Anambra State suffers from flooding and is also the headquarters of gully erosion on the continent, hence there is need to prioritise or even out-rightly declare a climate change emergency in the state", he added.