The Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril has attributed the increasing erosion menace in various parts of the country to what he described as harmful environmental practices by many Nigerians.
The minister, who spoke while declaring open a training programme on Catchment Management Planning of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, in Awka, said there is need for people to know the causes of erosion, such as harmful agricultural practices like bush burning, deforestation and incessant sand mining without regulation, among others.
The programme, which was organized in collaboration with the World Bank, drew participants from seven states of the federation, namely Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Abia, Ebonyi, Cross River and Edo.
Jibril said that the Federal Government was committed to ending erosion menace in the affected states, adding that serious actions were being taken to ensure that the affected areas, especially the worst hit states, were given sound remedial measures.
According to him, government was applying a holistic systematic approach in dealing with erosion, in order to achieve the desired target.