The Akwa Ibom State government has embarked on a N13 billion flood control project in Uyo, the state capital.
Government officials say the technology employed is â€œone of the most modern and effectiveâ€, and it involves laying of pipes as deep as 40 metres and running through 37 kilometres round Uyo.
In a statement, government said the pipes are â€œlarge enough to serve as a tunnelâ€, and the aim is to â€œcollect all the flood water within the radius of the contraption. It is then programmed to serve as a reservoir at some point so it can even be used to power a turbine for electricity.
Governor Godswill Akpabio on an inspection of the project said it would also serve as a water course to drain all the water from the Ibom connection axis through Calabar-Itu Road and adjoining streets into a point which can be used to generate electricity.
The beauty of technology, Akpabio said is that â€œit will save costs in the sense that peopleâ€™s houses are not demolished while the construction of the dike is going on without people knowing that such project crosses beneath their housesâ€¦The people will really appreciate what this administration is doing when this drainage project is completed because we are committed to finding a lasting solution to the flood problem in Uyoâ€.