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The State government through the Nigeria Erosion and watershed Management Project NEWMAP, in collaboration with the World Bank,

has disbursed cheques of different sum as compensation to one hundred and fourteen would be affected persons, during the commencement of work on various erosion sites at Nnewi-ichi in Nnewi North Local Government Area.
The exercise commenced with a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu the Third, by a team from NEWMAP and Ministry of Environment led by its Commissioner Mr Mike Okonkwo.
The programme tagged "implementation of the Resettlement Action plan" , is one of the requirements for NEWMAP World Bank assisted programme, which is a systematic and scientific evaluation of property close to the gully erosion sites.
 Speaking on behalf of the state government team, the Commissioner for Environment, Beautification and Ecology, Mr Mike Okonkwo, revealed that Anambra State is continuously losing its land mass to erosion, thus the need for government intervention to check the ugly trend.
 Commissioner Okonkwo stressed that the importance of the compensation is for the occupants to vacate from the said areas to enable contractors from NEWMAP carry out effective job at the site and to avoid loss of lives.
 Welcoming the team, the traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu the Third, expressed excitement with the efforts of Governor Willie Obiano to tackle menace of erosion in the state , urging the contractor that will handle the project to keep to specifications.
While assuring the community of a quality project, the State Project Coordinator of NEWMAP, Mr. Michael Ivenso, represented by Mr. Humphrey Anazodo and the State Social Livelihood for NEWMAP, Mrs. Blessing Okafor said that the level of compensation depends on the affected property, calling on them to accord State government the necessary support for early completion of the project.
 Others who spoke to the ABS including the Transition Committee Chairman for Nnewi North Local Government Area Prince Chukwudi Orizu, commended Governor Obiano for remembering Nnewi-ichi , promising to give NEWMAP the maximum cooperation.
Some of the beneficiaries, Mrs Helen Enemchukwu and Mr Ebuka Anajekwu while commending the state government for its benevolence, described the erosion site as a great nightmare and pledged their unalloyed support to the government.

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