The Anambra State Ministry of Environment has blamed the arbitrarily dumping of waste into drains and rivers for the incidences of flooding and erosion menace in some parts of the state.
Mr Obi Nwankwo, the state Commissioner for Environment, stated this while defending the ministry’s 2019 expenditures before the State House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts.
He said that the ministry had expended N679 million in 2019 to contain erosion caused by heavy rains and flooding in different parts of the state.
Nwankwo, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Emmanuel Okafor, had attributed flooding in the state over the years to the people’s habit of arbitrarily dumping waste into drains and rivers.
According to him, aside from roads and farmlands being destroyed by flood, residential buildings in flood-prone areas are also affected and consequently deserted by owners due to flooding and erosion.
“Flooding and erosion is the fallout of how we dispose our refuse because they block the drains.
“We need to have an attitudinal change towards waste disposal to minimise effect of flooding and erosion in the state as we continued to experience more rainfall, “he said.
The commissioner said that the ministry got a capital release of N2.09 billion out of the N3.6 billion budgetary allocation, and spent another N1.18 billion on the establishment of a waste management complex in Nnewi.
In his remarks, Mr Somtochukwu Udeze (Ogbaru Il), Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, urged the ministry to channel more funds to erosion control to curb the menace.
He also urged the ministry to ensure proper accountability of public funds