From Idongesit Inyang
Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has donated over 100 trash cans and 10 waste bins to two erosion communities of Ikot Anwatin and Ikot Ekpo in Calabar Municipality, Cross River State.
The waste bins were presented to the communities by the commissioner for international development cooperation, Dr. Inyang Asibong, who also doubles as NEWMAP acting project coordinator.
Asibong, who was represented by the senior special assistant to the governor on NEWMAP, Mr. Francis Agaba, said the donation of the bins came as a way of preventing another erosion after the intervention.
She attributed the cause of the erosion to dumping of refuse in drainages and gullies, noting that with the distribution of the waste bins, people can stop dumping refuse in gutters.
The commissioner added that, before now, it was a horrible situation for Ikot Anwatin and Ikot Ekpo communities both in Calabar Municipal, explaining that now the roads, drainages are now in good shape and the gullies repaired.
Applauding the state NEWMAP and World Bank for their intervention in controlling erosion in their communities, the chairman, Ikot Anwatin Community Development Association, Chief Felix Edoki, said before now waste was littered everywhere especially in the gutters.
He thanked NEWMAP saying the intervention has transformed the community and that his people are happy living without fear of losing their lives or property to erosion.
The chairman, Ikot Ekpo Community Development Association, Victor Obo, in his comment, appreciated NEWMAP for the completion of the ravine project and the provision of the waste bins promising to take good care of what they received.