Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state has reiterated his determination to collaborate with agencies towards curtailing practices that harm the environment.
The governor gave this assurance during the flag-off of a pilot project to promote clean and efficient cooking stoves and low-carbon resilient development held at St. Cyprian’s Secondary School, Nsukka and Ohom Orba, Udenu local government area of the state.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, said the need to step up actions to stop the continuous degradation of the environment has become urgent, given the adverse changes being recorded in the weather condition globally.
“The environment seems no longer conducive for human habitation, the ozone layer being the protector of the present system, is being depleted as a result of gaseous emission,” he said.
“The negative effects of this abnormality cannot be quantified, given the current outbreak of cancer and attendant consequences. The incessant flooding and ocean surge being experienced are pointers to these man-made inadequacies.
“These necessitated the partnership of Enugu state government with the World Bank and Nigeria Environmental Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) with a view to providing these environment-friendly stoves to stem the rising risk associated with our cooking stoves and firewood that breed deforestation and smoke discharge,” he added.
Earlier, NEWMAP’s acting project coordinator in Enugu, Mr. Vincent Obetta, stated that the project development goals were aimed at reducing their catchment area’s susceptibility to soil erosion.
He commended governor Ugwuanyi for being up to date in the payment of the state’s counterpart fund which, he noted, yielded immense benefits.
The traditional rulers of Ohom Orba, Igwe Evaristus Onah, and that of Nsukka, Igwe Patrick Okolo, commended governor Ugwuanyi’s gesture, describing it as unprecedented as they also pledged their support.
The stoves were later distributed free of charge to people in the communities and at the St. Cyprian’s Secondary School, Nsukka.