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Erosion Menace: Ayade Commends Buhari Over Prompt Response

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 21, (THEWILL) – Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for swinging into action immediately after receiving a letter of plea for help following the menace of erosion that is devastating most parts of the state.

Ayade, who personally handed over the letter to the President in Abuja, said he was impressed that barely two weeks after, the President had sent a team to the state to evaluate the challenge.

The governor spoke during the presentation of the preliminary report by a team of experts led by the Deputy Director, Ecological Fund Office at the Presidency, Engr Funsho Adebiyi, after five days of assessment tour of ecological sites, especially erosion ravaged areas in the state.

“This response shows that he is not only a true democrat but an action President,” the governor stated, adding: “This clearly shows that irrespective of party lines, the President has demonstrated that he is today the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by sending this team few days after my discussion with him.”

The governor charged the team to go beyond writing the report by actually implementing the recommendations of the report, else the whole state will become a disaster area.

He thanked the team for painstakingly undertaking a comprehensive tour of all ecological related issues ranging from coastal areas, landslides, under water current, dams, gullies and erosion sites across the state.

Ayade, who enumerated some of the ecological effects on the citizenry, said: “This is having an organic incursion into the anthology, sociology and orientation of our people and if this is not handled properly, we are going to have a very big environmental cataclysm in our hands.

“The ecological problem is beyond the financial capacity of the state as pupils have been disrupted from schools and they are really devastating and if they are not handled urgently, the village system will be wiped out, life span shortened, and there will be no hope for tomorrow. This calls for prompt action from the Federal government.

“Erosion is a direct consequence of climate change which is now a global phenomenon and whoever that sits on ecological fund will know that the situation is critical and requires urgent intervention to address them permanently.

“It is my hope that as you return to Abuja you will present real situation as you saw them. These are things that have gone beyond the economy and capacity of the state government. Our internally generated revenue is so insignificant that we cannot even pay our salaries. With this kind of problem, if we don't cry to the President, then we are in a big trouble.”

Earlier, Engr Adebiyi disclosed the team had visited over 15 critical areas across the state and all the places inspected needed urgent attention.