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Erosion: Anambra to plant 1m trees in 50 days

The Anambra State Government has concluded arrangement to plant at least one million trees within the next 50 days as a strategy towards preventing further havoc caused by the erosion in the area.

According to the Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, Chief Tony Nnacheta, who spoke to reporters, in Awka, on Thursday, after an executive council meeting (EXCO) said that the state government had uncovered about 950 erosion sites in the state, nine of which are man-made.

He said that government was determined to alleviate environmental problems in state insisting that if nothing was done, in a few years’ time, Anambra would be washed away by erosion.

As a result, the government has fixed June 25th as a sensitisation day to be led by Governor Willie Obiano and his cabinet in every local government, town and community.

Also, markets in the state would be closed till 12 noon, while competition for the cleanest community, local government area had been lined up by the government in the state with attractive prizes.

Furthermore, the government has decided that on June 7, Obiano would flag off the planting season.

However, Nnacheta announced that the state government had planned to build a 5,000 capacity conference hall in Awka, adding that the state does not have such facility that could contain about 1,000 persons.

On the health sector, the commissioner said the state had approved the building of medical oxygen gas production plant in the Amaku General Hospital Awka.

Nnacheta announced that between June and December, 2016, the state would establish the state health insurance scheme, adding that the government would soon take the bill to the State House of Assembly for an enabling law.

He said that the guidelines were being fine-tuned for both formal and informal sectors, which, according to him, would cover everybody in the state who wanted to join.

Also, the state had called all Anambra sons and daughters who wanted to invest to come home, while their certificates of occupancy (C of O) for lands, would be offered to them within seven days.

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