ASABA—DELTA State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to include the state in the ecological funds to enable it adequately tackle the perennial flooding being experienced in over 15 local government areas of the State.
Director General, Special Programmes to the state government, Chief Frank Omare made the appeal while supervising the ongoing clearing of blocked drains and natural water canals in Asaba and its environs.
Omare said that the Federal Government should as a matter of urgency come to the aid of the state through relevant Ministries, Department and Agencies, saying “Flooding is a national issue that the states cannot handle alone.
“The ecological fund is meant to address environmental issues such as flooding and other ecological problems more so when the flooding is overwhelming. Delta State Government is committed to checking and preventing the perennial flooding experienced in different parts of the state by clearing blocked drains on major roads and streets.”
He said the issue of flooding was not peculiar to Delta State, adding that other states such as Lagos, Abia, Edo, Anambra among others were also experiencing flooding.
He noted that the government needs to step on toes particularly those who have ignored relevant laws by building on natural water channels and on top of drainage systems by removing such structures to allow for free flow of water, stressing that the clearing exercise will be extended to other parts of the state.
Omare said: “Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is worried hence the move to clear blocked drains as Udu, Ughelli, Bomadi, Sapele, Uvwie, Warri is often flooded. Flood is not political but a serious national issue that should be tackled headlong with ecological funds.”
Saying that climate change and global warming was taking a toll as natural disasters was on the increase, he noted that blocked drains on Okpanam Road from Inter Bau Roundabout to legislative quarters, High Court Road, Dr Ifeanyi Ashiedu Street behind Government House and Andy Uwejeyam Crescent were being cleared to the discharge point at Inter-Bau round about.
He urged resident to desist from the habit of dumping waste into drainage systems, adding that over 400 unskilled labourers, pay loaders and tippers were mobilised for the work, noting that the effort of Governor Okowa will soon yield results.
He said maintenance and clearing of drains will be carried out regularly.