By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Delta State government has commenced massive clearing of drains and opening of canals in various communities in the state, especially in Uzere, Isoko North Local Government Area of the state, Ughelli, Bomadi, some parts of Asaba, among others.
The Commissioner for Environment, Barr. John Nani, who confirmed the move by the state government to journalists on Thursday in Asaba, that the efforts of the state government was part of the sustained strategies to drastically reduce the impact of flooding in the affected communities.
He said that the aim of the exercise took sanitation officials to Araya where they opened up several canals and drains, noting that Uzere was a major recipient of all flood water from Araya and environs.
Nani explained that the exercise also involved the mechanical clearing of shrubs and weed from Oko tour water canal to Eriede Bridge that discharges water to Patani River, Agbada Urhue stream to Etoko with the discharge to Asaba-Ase, and Ofuro Bridge through Okorie Bridge, and Tako farms Bridge to discharge at Patani River.
He said that when completed, the project will solve the age-long problem of flooding in the oil rich kingdom.
The commissioner expressed joy that the efforts of the state government were already yielding positive results as preliminary assessment report showed that the flood water was receding from Uzere and farm lands to the Patani River.
Reiterating Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s commitment to raising the bar of governance and resolving the prevalent environmental challenges in the state, he urged the people of Uzere and Isoko nation to continue to stand strong in their support for the Okowa administration, particularly in the 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, no fewer than seven houses have been destroyed by the age-long erosion in Agbor and Alifikede following the last few days rainfall. The owners of the affected houses are currently taking refuge in friends’ and relations’ houses.
One of the victims, Chief Lucas Osugie, who spoke to journalists in Agbor, appealed to the state government and individuals to come to his aid, adding that his property worth millions of naira were destroyed in the building collapse.