The Delta State Government has taken short and long term measures in its determination to tackle the flooding problems in the state capital and other parts of the state.
A statement signed by the Media Assistant to the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Sam Ijeh, stated that as part of the short term measures to ameliorate the effects of flooding in the state, old canals have been cleared and are still being cleared, while new ones have been created in flood prone areas in the state.
He disclosed that a 10 kilometre canal from Mgbalamgba to Iyeti rivers for onward discharge to river Ase have been created in Isheagu, Aniocha South Local Government Area and another one in Oghara, Ethiope West Local Government Area.
Existing canals in Koko, Agbor, Ughelli, Sapele, Agbarho, Anwai Camp 74, Warri as well as other towns have also been cleared to ensure free flow of water.
According to the statement, regular disiltation of drains along Okpanam Road and the Core Areas, the creation of ‘catch pits’ in strategic locations (i.e. Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, front of old Secretariat and Airport View, off Okpanam Road) are also part of the short term measures put in place by the government to check the menace of flooding.
The Ministries of Lands, Surveys and Urban Development and that of Environment are tackling the issues of buildings erected on natural waterways and appropriate action will be taken in the not too distant future, particularly in the state capital territory.
The statement explained that the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), Delta State chapter, is collaborating with state government in finding a lasting solution to the incidences of flooding in the state, especially in Asaba and environs. In addition a Storm Water consultant, Jefcon Consultant, has been engaged to provide lasting strategies to tackle the problem.
As a long term measure, the state government in May this year, reviewed the scope and cost of the continuation and completion of the construction of Storm Water Control in Direct Labour Agency (DLA) Road/Jesus Saves Corridor, Asaba.
Work on the project will commence immediately the rains subside as advised by the contractor in charge of the project, CECC, who opined that some buildings in the area might cave in if the work commences during the rains.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had earlier warned that 16 states of the Federation, which included Delta, will experience heavy flooding this year.
This prompted the state government to embark on massive sensitization program to intimate inhabitants in the state living in flood prone areas to relocate to safer grounds so as to avoid negative consequences and also to desist from throwing refuse into the drains.
The statement said that the state government is doing all in its power to deliver on its campaign promises by providing good governance and called on citizens to continue to support the government.