DELTA State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has said the Anwai River and Amilimocha Stream in Asaba will be fully dredged to check the effects of stormwater that will empty into them from the on-going massive drainages being constructed in the state capital.
The Governor made the disclosure while inspecting the on-going drainage projects in the state capital. He also, inspected the construction work going on at the Stephen Keshi’s Stadium, Asaba.
According to Governor Okowa who fielded questions from newsmen after the exercise, “I am glad that the projects have gone this far; the contractors are reputable companies that require little or no supervision, we are happy with the pace and quality of work being done.”
“We are conscious of the volume of water that will pass through the storm drainages and we have asked the Ministry of Environment to dredge the Anwai River and the Amilimocha Stream,” the Governor disclosed, adding, “our interest is to ensure that flood water is effectively channeled in the capital city and other parts of the state where there is need to control flood water.”
He observed that during his recent town hall meeting in Warri, the issue of constructing drainage in that area was raised and stated that work was ongoing in the area and the contractor handling the drainage by Effurun roundabout promised to complete the project by July.
“Two days ago, we inspected the drainage at the Warri/Sapele road; that drainage is essentially to drain that particular road which is being done into three lanes on both sides, that is, from Enerhen to Effurun junction, but, at the town hall meeting, the people of Warri South asked for a proper drainage that will be done in the whole of Warri, unfortunately, in the past, we have been doing a kind of make-shift drainage without having any study and I promised them that we will first of all, carry out a proper study of the area by setting up a team with a consulting firm along with some selected elders from that area who understands the topography so that a proper design could be created.”
Governor Okowa urged the contractors handling drainage projects to increase their pace so as to ensure that most of the excavation are covered to avoid accidents during the rainy season.
He assured that when completed the storm drains would effectively check incidences of flooding in the capital city.
Governor Okowa who also inspected the Stephen Keshi Stadium asserted that with the completion of work at the 23, 000 sitting capacity stadium, sporting activities of international magnitude will take place in the state.