BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has appealed to the Federal Government to release funds to the state to tackle ecological problems.
Oshiomhole, yesterday, when the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster paid him a visit at the Government House, over the ravaging flood in Oredo federal constituency, said: “We thank you for commiserating with us on this disaster. I appreciate the response of the House of Representatives and your determination to identify with the people in times of disaster, whether man made or natural. Our challenge is to find ways to manage it.
“We have tried over the period to recognise that rather than deal with the consequences, particularly when we know from history that we need to make some investment in flood control, that was why we carried out a comprehensive study of Benin City and we came out with a very comprehensive Benin City Water Storm Master Plan and we are now tackling the problem of flood in Benin at a huge cost.”
According to him, the first phase which has started will cost about N30 billion covering a large part of the city.
“We have made some progress on it and we have concluded over 60 percent of the project. The key challenge is fund, because there has been a sharp drop in revenue as a result of oil theft and this has put a lot of pressure on our capacity to continue to fund this project.
“We have not received federal help, but we have made application to the World Bank to see how we can get support. The Federal Government should look at the whole country the same way and give support to all those who need it regardless of political sentiments.”
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, House Committee on Emergency and Disaster, Ifedayo Abegunde, said they were in the state following a motion moved by Mr Rasaq Bello Osagie, informing the House of the ravaging flood in Oredo federal constituency.