Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has said that the state required over N75 billion to tackle her over 360 erosion sites and urged the federal government to help in the fight against the scourge.
Speaking to State House Correspondents including that of AbeyaNews after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, he lamented that Imo needed support from the federal, and development partners to tackle the problem of erosion in the state.
He informed that out of the erosion sites in Imo State as at the last count, a study has been carried out on 57 considered very critical and requiring immediate attention.
Uzodimma said prominent among the requests made during the courtesy call to the president was that of erosion menace that has bedevilled the state to the extent that the only road through the Federal University of Technology and Federal College of Technology in Owerri, the State capital is almost cut into two.
He said: “It is so critical that the schools are about to resume and if nothing is done urgently, they may not be able to have access to their various schools and the President in his wisdom has promised to immediately get in touch with the ecological office to remedy the situation.”
He said the state can only address the problem through constructive partnership with the federal government through the Ecological Fund office, and development partners as well as donor agencies.
On politics in his zone, he warned politicians particularly those in the South East to join the APC or be ready to go hungry
Uzodimma observed that his Ebonyi colleague, Dave Umahi, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC after he accused the party of not zoning the 2023 presidential ticket to the South East, did not tell him of any plans to vie for the ticket in the APC.
He welcomed Umahi to the APC and observed that he used to be like an orphan because he was the only APC governor in the South East but now he has a brother.
He said: “Everybody that is not in the APC now in the South East is a target. It’s not only governors. It includes those who are not governors, the entire political class. The whole idea is making the ideology of the party known to the people, allaying their fears, and encouraging them to come.
“Once you believe in Nigeria and you have a pan-Nigeria attitude, of course, you will go for a national party. There is no gainsaying that if you are not with the national party, and you choose to be in opposition, of course, you will continue to fast until God answers your prayers.
“But we that are in the ruling, of course, what it will take us to solve certain problems may be different from what it will take somebody who is not very close to the source of authority to solve his own problems.”
“There is no way you can compare what your people will get in an opposition party to what they will get from the ruling party. APC is the ruling party which has access to the federal government.”