Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has inaugurated a gully erosion remediation in Umuagu-Ibeku and the Umuda-Isingwu/Amafor/Ossah-Ibeku 5.8km road.
Speaking during the occasion in Umuahia, Ikpeazu described erosion as an environmental menace which ought to be given urgent attention because of its threat to life and property.
The Governor who commended the state Ministry of Environment and Nigerian Environmental Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) for completing the projects within a record time of ten months, said that the execution of the projects would go a long way in giving the people of the area a sense of belonging and improving economic productivity in Abia.
Abia Environment Commissioner, Aham Uko said the gully erosion remediation and road construction projects cost the sum of N3.45bn.
Uko noted that the projects were done with the assistance of the World Bank, while the state government provided the counterpart fund.
In his address, Izuchukwu Onwughara, NEWMAP Project Manager in Abia, said the road construction cut across Umuda-Isingwu, Amafor and Ossah-Ibeku communities.
In his remark, Ezeocha Ezeagbara, the representative of the Umuada-Isingwu community, thanked the state government for its prompt response to the need of the community.