ABIA NEWMAP MARKS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY WITH SUMMIT, CALLS FOR PROACTIVE STEPS TO RECOVER ENVIRONMENT

In commemoration of the 2021 World Environment Day, the Abia State Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Abia State, Tuesday held a climate change summit with a call on Abians to take proactive steps to recover their environment.

The Summit with the theme: ‘Ecosystem Restoration,’ was held at the Women Development Center, Umuahia, Abia State,

In a Communique issued after the summit and jointly signed by Nze Okpani Nkama (Jnr), FRCN Umuahia, Agha Onyeonoru Nick- ABSAA, Umuahia and Egwu Chukwu – NPF, ZONE 9 Umuahia, called on Abians to cultivate the habit of planting of trees and avoid the cutting of same, as well as, the building on water ways and unnecessary bush burning.

The Summit noted that the Eco System has collapsed with serious erosion and climate degradation, recommending the sustenance of proactive measures and timely interventions to restore the Ecosystem.

The Communique acknowledged and commended the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, for being sensitive and alert on global issues of Environmental degradation and Ecosystem changes, commending the Abia Government for having the political will to key into national
programme provided by the NEWMAP.

However, the Summit commended the Abia NEWMAP for being efficient, effective and delivering quality service to the people of the state, with a great sense of balance and fairness to all the Local Government Areas of the state.

It further urged communities to take advantage of the service provided by the government through the NEWMAP to constantly report soil erosion, flooding and other environmental matters to Abia Newmap, while recommending the transformation of NEWMAP to an agency to continue its work.

The Summit, while acknowledging the NEWMAP for organizing the Climate Change Summit, encouraged the reactivation of existing planting law in the state and the effective enforcement of the Environmental Laws in the state

ABIA ONLINE gathered that the Summit was well attended with a spectrum of representatives from the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), of the state, Public Relations officers, Government functionaries, Students among others.

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