Press Release

The commissioner of environment, Hon. Barr. John Nani has assured traditional council of chiefs in Jesse community of Ethiope-West local government of more developmental projects in the area.

The commissioner made this clear at the Central Oguedion, the traditional town hall when he paid a courtesy visit to address the traditional chiefs on the happenings in Idjerhe as it concerns development and politics in the area.

Nani who addressed the people over the issue of who the next chairman of the local government council of the area should be advised them to let peace reign among them.

He commended the governor, Dr Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, over the numerous appointments given to the Idjerhe people.

John Nani also appreciated the governor for the commencement of 19.5km Jesse Boboroku road project, the NEWMAP (World Bank) project worth over 5 billion and also the Jesse Network Road projects.

Barrister Nani assured the people of Jesse who had been without light of celebrating the Christmas with power.

The people of Idjerhe kingdom were overwhelmed with the good work of the state government and prayed for the peace and prosperity of the present administration

Delta Restates Determination To Tackle Flooding 

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.


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Cleared Canal , Osubi
Cleared canal, Oghara

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

Environment Commissioner Hon. Nani Inspects Work on Orogodo River by Augustine Ekamagule.

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.


Flood Control: Delta Govt Create 10km Water Canal In Isheagu

For over 50 years, residents of Isheagu, an agrarian community in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State slept with one eye closed due to the fear of uncertainty occasioned by the environmental related challenges caused by flooding that bedeviled the community.

The devastating impacts of the flood over the years have become a bugging playmate which as a matter of fact reportedly ascends to its peak during the rainy season when the rampaging flood demonstrates it strength oftentimes leaving the people in a hopeless situation.

It was this development that prompted the Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration to create a 10km artificial canal from Isheagu to the Iyeti River for onward discharge to River Ase, a major tributary of River Niger.

This efforts according to the State Commissioner for Environment, Barr. John Nani will not only address the perennial flooding challenge of the community but will improve water transportation which will boost agricultural produce from the area.

He explained that the ministry has been inundated with reports of the devastating impact of the the flood on the community for years and with the proactive and visionary foresight of the Governor, we are here to permanently address the flooding challenges in this part of the state.

“You will recall that we mobilized here last year at the peak of the flood to set up palliative measures by opening some natural water canals which not only resulted in the easy flow of water from our homes but also in the provision of dry land for improved agricultural yield.

Speaking Further, Hon. Nani stressed that His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa insisted on the need to permanently address the situation for the benefit of the people and graciously approved the opening of existing canals and creating of new ones to tackle the flood challenge in the area.

Hon. Nani who took a boat ride on the new canal stated that about 8km out of the proposed 10km canal has been completed with the effort already yielding its expected positive result.

“With the massive flow of water and the current of the new canal, I am convinced that our effort is yielding the needed positive result already. We will continue to improve on our effort to ensure that Isheagu-Ewulu road dries up for socioeconomic activities to resume on that road”.

Later at the palace of Obi Onyema II of Isheagu Kingdom, the Hon. Commissioner counseled the community to jealously protect the efforts of the government by discouraging indiscriminate dumping of waste in drainages and water canals saying that these water bodies has never been the safest and  convenient place for waste disposal as it usually has negative impact on the community where everyone becomes a casualty.

Accompanied by the Hon. Member Representing Aniocha South Constituency, Hon. Angela Nwaka, Hon. Nani warned against building on water canals and urge the Obi-in-Council to help disseminate the information to his subjects as government will not tolerate blocking of these canals.

Hon. Nani also commended the Community for the support given to the officials of the ministry so far and urged them not to relent in their encouragements and support to the team for their remaining days in the community.

Earlier, the community who spoke through a former Commissioner for Works, Chief Jerry Ossai expressed thanks and gratitude to Gov. Okowa for remembering the community in his even distribution of prosperity across the state.

He stated that the community will remember this kind gesture of the state government for a very long time saying that what the Governor has done is unprecedented considering the challenging economic realities of the state.

He also passionately commended the sincere efforts of Hon. Nani and Hon. Nwaka saying that their wonderful contributions to salvage Isheagu, Ewulu and neighboring communities will not go unnoticed.

“Emotions will fail me if I go memory lane to recount all that we have lost to the ravaging flood for the past 50years but we thank God for using Gov. Okowa and his team to wipe our tears. May God richly bless Gov. Okowa and continue to grant him the enablement to pilot the affairs of the state to greater heights,” he added.

The Hon. Commissioner was joined on the inspection by the Hon. Member Representing Aniocha South Constituency, Hon. Angela Nwaka; the permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Nkem Ajufo; Mrs. Pauline Chidi, aides and officials of the Ministry of Environment.

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National Environmental Sanitation Exercise

It is hereby announced for the information of the general public particularly Deltans that the monthly National Environmental Sanitation Exercise for the month of February will hold in Delta State on Saturday, February 25, 2017 between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00am.

During the period of the exercise, there will be restriction on the movement of persons and vehicles except those engaged on essential duties and inter- state journeys.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Barr. John Nani will lead staff of the Ministry and other relevant government agencies to monitor the exercise, while officials of the State Waste Management Board and Local Government Councils are to evacuate the resultant refuse to approved government dump sites.

The Chairmen and Councilors’ of Local Government Council are by this announcement advised to ensure that residents in their various Local Government Areas observe the exercise.

The State Mobile Sanitation Court will be on hand to give out appropriate sanctions to defaulters. Residents of the State are advised to use the period of the exercise to keep their surroundings clean.

Mr. Adah.
Director of sanitation

for HC for Environment

Hon. Barr. John Nani.