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A-Ibom embarks on N13 bn de-flooding project

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 “one of the most modern and effective”, 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 “large enough to serve as a tunnel”, and the aim is to “collect 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 “it will save costs in the sense that people’s houses are not demolished while the construction of the dike is going on without people knowing that such project crosses beneath their houses…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 Uyo”.


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