Ecology is an aspect of science, including human science, population, community, ecosystem and biosphere. It is the study of organisms, the environment and how the organisms interact with each other and their environment.
The term ecological problem is used to describe the various environmental problems being faced by countries all over the world. Some of such problems include; Air Pollution, Water Pollution, Soil and Land Pollution, Climate Change, Global Warming, Deforestation, Logging, Increased Carbon Footprint, Genetic Modification and much more.
In June 1972, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) was founded. This was due to the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. It is an establishment set up to properly coordinate all environmental activities and has played a major role in identifying and analyzing global environmental problems.
Nigeria adopted this initiative by establishing the ecological funds in 1981 through the Federation Account Act of 1981 while the Ecological Fund Office was established in 1985.
Nigeria has had its own fair share of problems with regards to environmental issues. Some of the most prominent environmental issue Nigeria has face are; pollution in all its forms, oil spillage, erosion, desertification amongst others. These issues have been experience in different states of the country having terrible effects on its indigenes.
Currently in Onitsha, the issue of erosion has been having devastating effects on its people. Lives have been affected, properties have been destroyed causing people to lose their means of livelihood and sustenance. This traumatic occurrence leaves many misplaced within their own country.
In August 2019, Nkisi Aroli/ Obeleagu axis was affected by an erosion that occurred. In 2020, the government tried solving this problem by contracting the project to IDC Construction Company in 2020. The company embarked on creating canals but like a number of governmental projects embarked on, it was not completed as the contractor said the government owe him which made him put a stop until he is paid. This in turn worsened the situation of things in the community. Due to the accumulation of water in certain areas, it weakened the foundation thereby causing houses to implode.
This is a very sad issue that needs the attention of all people of Nigeria so that this can be solved. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! People can’t keep suffering due to the mistakes made by the government.
The Greater Onitsha Foundation has taken it upon themselves to voice out this issue that has been affecting people in Onitsha so that together, a solution and a way forward would be provided.
Today 30th of March, 2021 representatives would be present at Obeleagu erosion site to shed more light to these problems to the whole world.
Join and be a part of this movement to bring peace to families.
Article Written by: Solabi Olubukunola