Omare Embarks On Massive Evacuation Of Blocked Drains In Asaba And Environs
    /    July 17, 2016   /    0 Comments  /    929 Views

THE Delta State Government has commenced the opening of surface drains, tunnels and other flood control infrastructure in some designated points in Asaba and its environs, and warned residents of the impending danger if they continue to use the water channels as refuse dumps.

The exercise which is being handled by the Director-General Special Programme, Chief Frank Omare, a former Commissioner for Environment in the state, commenced over the weekend with the opening up of the drains and underground tunnels that channels water to the River Niger, was a part of the determined effort of the Okowa administration to stop the persisting flooding in the capital territory.

Mr. Omare who expressed shocked at the quantity of sand that was removed from the open drains, warned residents across the state, especially those in the urban centres to desist from dumping refuse in drainages and water channels, noting that “this practice was responsible for most of the flooding challenges in the state”.

Speaking to journalists, Omare revealed that the incessant reports of flooding in the state capital informed the evacuation efforts; even as he ordered that Ibusa Road be blocked for one week to enable unhindered evacuation procedures.

Omare who decried the blatant abuse of the Asaba environment by residents said, “Un-silting of drainages is a key panacea to Asaba’s flooding, but then our conduct in environmental and waste management is of chief importance”, he said.

Chief Omare stated that “the opening up of the blocked drains to the discharge points as directed by the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, was to check losses suffered by residents owing to torrential rains that always renders roads impassable and houses submerged in flood for hours anytime it rained”, emphasizing that “despite the several kilometres of drains in Asaba, the issue of flooding persisted, a challenge the state government was not comfortable with, hence the move to clear the blocked drains and tunnels for free flow of water to the River Niger”.

While urging residents of the affected areas to give their maximum support and cooperation to the clean-up programme, Chief Omare charged residents in the capital territory to remove all structures blocking the drains immediately and warned that the drains should not be turned into waste dumps.

The director-general, who expressed sadness over the reported lives lost when the concrete cover of the underground tunnel at the Ibusa junction by Nnebisi road in Asaba, collapsed during a heavy downpour, said that he was confident that after the clean-up exercise, the issue of flooding in the locality will be a thing of the past.

The residents expressed gratitude to the government for opening up the blocked drains, noting that over time, not much had been done in that direction and commended the state government for embarking on the clearing of the blocked drains and appealed that the effort be sustained.

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