Flood Control : Work Commences At DLA/ Jesus Saves Roads , Others  

One primary social problem staring at the highly populated residents of Direct Labour Agency (DLA) Road, Jesus Saves Road, Agric Road and others in Asaba, Delta State capital over a decade is environment-related problem.

The rampaging impacts of flood water in these highly populated places in Asaba, constitute a major hindrance to socio-economic development of the areas, a fact, which also affects the tenancy patronage.

The giant underground drain project, the brain child of Chief James Ibori leadership, was allegedly abandoned over the years, but was reportedly revisited by Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan’s, administration, until Senator Ifeanyi Okowa government took the bull by its horn now.

Worried by the persistent environmental crisis occasioned by annual flooding of the affected areas, the State Governor, Senator Okowa promised to proffer solution to the environmental menace, last year.

Today, the ongoing drain project, which reportedly commenced last year, at Anwai Road, adjacent the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Asaba, is a promise realised.

Good enough, the early commencement of the drain project from the discharge point, at Anwurinwu River, behind FMC, Asaba, is a wise decision, due to the swampy nature of the coastal area and to avoid the disruption of the work by rainfall.

With the ongoing work on the FMC axis and the subsequent ongoing clearing and evacuation of the accumulated filth from the abandoned drain project behind the Lion House, (off Nnebisi Road) and along the Amb. Leo Okogwu Street/ Jesus Saves Road, persons residing in the areas are full of enthusiasm to witness concrete solution to their humiliating plight unfolding.

The ongoing project, when completed, will address the menace of the annual flooding of the areas in the process; alleviate the suffering of the residents, motorists and address the plight of traders operating in the zone.

A more accessible DLA Road, Jesus Saves Road and other adjoining streets link/feeder roads, will also facilitate excellent communication system, which will curb, to a great extent, the traffic congestion problems at Nnebisi Road.

Over the years, due to the menace of flood water in these affected areas, tenancy patronage experienced embarrassing low proportion in the zone, especially between 2016/2017, as many tenants, reportedly shunned the beautiful residential apartments, while many also reportedly relocated for safety to better areas in Asaba.

However, with the presence of functioning drainage systems, especially the ongoing giant one in the state capital, the environmental-related problems will be fully addressed.

Flood: Include Us In Ecological Funds, Delta Cries To Federal Government

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.

DTSG To Demolish Structures Built On Water Ways

29th July, 2017

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans that the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) has predicted that Delta State will experience flooding this year as a result of heavy rainfall.

2. In view of this prediction, the Delta State Ministry of Environment has by this announcement requested all owners of illegal structures such as buildings and caravans blocking natural waterways and drainages, to remove such structures.

3. It is stressed that the Ministry will embark on massive demolition exercise to remove illegal structures built on natural waterways and owners of such illegal structures will be prosecuted and made to bear the cost of demolition and evacuation.

Paul Osahor
Director of Information

Delta Radio 97.9FM Hits The Airwaves Again

True to its promise, the management of Delta Broadcasting Service has put the radio arm of its service back on air, barely 4 days after massive torrential rains hit Asaba the Delta state capital.

It took the ingenuity of a high powered “Back on Air “committee working round the clock to achieve what has been acclaimed as an engineering masterstroke.

With the the support of the Hon. Commissioner of Information , Patrick Ukah and Commissioner of Special duties, Ernest Ogwezi, the committee set to work overcoming all obstacles, poised to achieve its set goal of returning the signals of FM 97.9 back on air.

It will be recalled that the General Manager of Delta broadcasting Service, Mrs Evelyn Binitie set up a “back on air ” committee headed by the Deputy General Manager News and Current affairs Mr Frankwhyte Osabohien with the responsibility of bringing the station on air within the shortest possible time, after the devastation caused by the torrential rainfall and subsequent flooding that ravaged the premises of the broadcast outfit .

The Deputy General Manager, Outside Broadcast Mr Ruke Edjeren expressed gratitude to all those that heeded the clarion call and came to the aid of Delta broadcasting Service Asaba.

He however said the battle against the destruction caused by flood is not yet over as the TV arm of the service is yet to be attended. He made a passionate appeal for bueracracy to circumvented so as to enable TV arm come back on air.

Mr Edjeren gave special kudos to the Assistant General Manager ICT Mr Gabriel Muemoifo and the Assistant General Engineering Services Mr Monday Imariegbe for their dedication and patriotism.

Okowa Calls For Patience, As His Administration Tackles Flood Challenges

GOVERNOR Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has sued for patience amongst Deltans as his administration has taken strident steps to check perennial flooding in the state.

The Governor gave the assurance when members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Asaba branch led by Engr. Bemigho Ofoeyeno presented a report on flood water management and control in Asaba and its environs.

According to him, “flooding situation is occurring in other states across the nation and there is no doubt that the state government has taken actions in solving the flooding in different parts of the state.”

“Also, the state government like other states of the country, at the moment has its funding constraints, but beyond the constraints, I think that we have a commitment to our people and we will do everything within our reach to provide funds to mitigate the flooding issues that we have in the state,” he said.

Speaking specifically about the flood situation in Asaba and its environs, the Governor assured, “we have started taking actions by constructing the drains along Okpanam road, and we are mindful of the fact that it is not enough to bring the final solution to the flooding challenge we have in Asaba.

“We have also recently approved the contract for the construction of sewer along the Direct Labour Agency/Jesus Saves Road to solve the drainage problems that we have in the capital territory,” he informed the NSE members, reiterating, “we are aware that from time to time we have had flooding issues in Asaba, which flows from the Okpanam community; some actions have been taken by the previous administration and I believe that this collaboration that we are witnessing here today is something that will take us quite far as a state, so, I must thank members of the NSE, Asaba branch for taking it upon themselves to study the documents from the state government concerning the flooding issues and have decided to help proffer solutions to the flooding situation in Asaba and its environs.”

Addressing issues raised concerning the Asaba Master Plan, Governor Okowa disclosed, “there was a master plan for Asaba at some point in time, which was several years ago and it is out of date at the moment, but, we are already in the process of drawing a new one; consultants have been involved and this will be done through the Delta Capital Territory Development Agency and there is also, need for a topographic map of the capital territory and we will see what can be done to ensure that we have a holistic map, which will help to guide our actions concerning the capital territory. “

The member representing Aniocha North Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly and a Fellow of the NSE, Hon. Emeka Nwaobi disclosed that members of NSE were worried by the flooding in Asaba and its environs and as concerned Deltans, the NSE set up a 7-man Technical Committee to study the flooding situation within Asaba and proffer engineering solutions for floodwater management and control.

Engr. Ofoeyeno had in his address, said, “it is our belief that if the recommendations provided in our report on the floodwater management and control in Asaba and its environs, are fully implemented, it will bring a permanent solution to the flooding problem which has become a menace today in Asaba.”

High point of the event was the presentation of copies of the report to the Governor.

Be Careful Around Flood Prone Areas, Delta Govt Tells Residents

The Delta State Government has advised Deltans, especially those living around flood prone areas in Asaba, to be careful in their movements with the return of torrential rains.

A statement signed by the Media Assistant to the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Sam Ijeh, in Asaba reads that the state government is concerned about the safety of all those living in the state.

According to the statement, the state government advises residents to avoid high flood risk areas as it is impossible to determine ones ability to withstand such pressure.

The state government also disclosed in the statement that it feels the pains and inconveniences suffered by residents as regards damage or loss of property.

In the same vein, the Media Assistant reiterated the state government’s resolve to put an end to flood problems in Asaba and environs assuring that all contractors recently awarded drainage and flood control projects will mobilise to site as soon as the dry season sets in.

NIMET Flood Warning

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), has predicted that Delta State is among the States in the Federation that will experience flooding this year as a result of heavy rain fall.
In order to avert the problems associated with flooding, the Delta State Ministry of Environment has directed that all owners of illegal structures, such as buildings, caravans blocking natural water ways and drainages to remove such structures to make way for free flow of water along its natural course.
Accordingly, the Ministry’s Officials, lead by the State Commissioner for Environment, Hon. John Nani, will soon embark on massive demolition of illegal structures built on natural water ways and the owners of such illegal structures will not only be made to bear the cost of demolition and evacuation, but will also be prosecuted in line with Delta State Urban and Regional Planning Edit.
Communities along the bank of the River Niger and other places prone to flooding are advised to relocate to higher ground.
Traditional rulers and Leaders of Thoughts in the State, especially those communities prone to flooding are advised to mobilize their subjects to take necessary measures to avoid lost of lives due to flooding.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Paul Osahor
Director of Information

NANI CAUTIONS DELTANS AGAINST INDISCRIMINATE WASTE DISPOSAL

RESIDENTS of Delta State have been urged to shun the habit of indiscriminate waste disposal into drainages and natural water channels to ensure free flow of water and curb imminent flooding in some parts of the state prone to the menace.

The Commissioner for Environment, Delta State, Hon. John Nani gave the charge during an inspection of the on-going clearing of some major canals and drains in Warri and its environs.

Hon. Nani who was accompanied on the visit by some members of the Environmental Sanitation Taskforce called on residents of the areas visited to desist from dumping refuse into waterways, warning that defaulters would be prosecuted.

The canals visited by the commissioner and his team during the inspection includes those on Jakpa Road, in Uvwie Local Government Area, Okumagba Avenue, former Globe Star along McDermott Road, Iyara and Stadium Road, Warri South Local Government Area.

The Ministry of Environment boss who defied heavy down pour to ensure that the on-going exercise achieves its desired objective, expressed disappointment over the rate at which residents of the twin cities of Effurun and Warri, dispose waste into water channels

He warned that the Delta State government under the watchful eyes of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa would not fold its hands and watch residents deface and cause problem for law abiding citizens by their unfriendly attitude to the environment, warning that stiff penalties awaits defaulters.

At the canal opposite the former Globe Star Construction Company, along McDermott Road in Warri, Hon. Nani praised the efforts of the Environmental Sanitation Taskforce whose swarm buggy was seen opening the canals.

He appealed to Deltans to cooperate with the government in her efforts to make the environment habitable, just as he solicited the assistance of residents in helping the Ministry of Environment to check flooding by desisting from practices that are unfriendly to the environment.