The Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Barr John Nani and the member representing Ika South Constituency, Delta State House of Assembly,Hon Festus Chukwuyem Okoh(Chuky Dandy), have inspected the level of work at the Orogodo river.
The duo who spoke in separate interviews appreciated the level of work but, declared that all persons doing business around the bank of the river have been given seven days to evacuate the area or face the consequence.
The Honourable Commissioner while stating that the project is very dear to the state government, said the essence of dredging the River is first, to make it navigable for small boats and also to help secure lives and properties following the warning by NIMET that there will be flood in Delta and other states in Nigeria this year.
He called on the people of the area to cooperate with government so that the project will not suffer any hitch.
Meanwhile, Hon Festus Okoh has thanked Governor Okowa for his prompt intervention, saying that Orogodo River before now has been overflowing her bank as a result of indiscriminate dumping of waste into the gutters by some residents, which later emptied into the Orogodo River.
He disclosed that the Governor Okowa led administration is fully committed to the development of Ika South and will not tolerate any form of illegality even as he called for more support for the governor.
On his part, the President, Ika Landlords/Landladies Association, Mr. Vincent Arimoku, JP, expressed joy that Governor Okowa has directed that Orogodo River should be dredged.
He said he was the one who raised the issues of the dredging of Orogodo River and delay in the distribution of prepaid metres to electricity consumers in Ika land during the governor’s town hall meeting with the people of the local government.
He commended the governor for living up to the expectations of his people. While praying for the governor’s success in office, he promised that his association will continue to support every effort aimed at developing Ika land.
The Chairman Ika South Local Government, Hon Fred Ofume, also in an interview highlighted some of the benefits of the Orogodo River after it has been dredged, pointing out that the governor has by this action proved that he cares and listens to his people.
While appreciating the governor, he declared that the people of his local government will not relent in their support for the Okowa’s administration.