By Festus Ahon
ASABA—Delta State Government has restated its commitment to ensure unhindered flow of flood waters in Asaba and its environs whenever it rains.
Director General, Special Programmes, Chief Frank Omare, gave the assurance while supervising the opening up of blocked drains and water channels in parts of the capital city.
He said that over 550 tipper loads of sand had been excavated from a one-kilometre stretch of drains between the High Court Road Junction and the Inter-Bau Roundabout.
Omare, who led members of his team on the exercise to clear the drains on the Okpanam Road, said that about 100 labourers were working on various sectors of the drains on daily basis.
At press time, bulldozers and pay-loaders were seen excavating the silt dug out by the labourers into waiting tippers which would convey them to undisclosed areas.
Vehicles coming from Okpanam Road were made to drive against traffic to create more work space for the team which was working on the stretch between state Police Command Headquarters and Inter-Bau Roundabout.
Omare sad that after achieving a major breakthrough on the drains on one side of Okpanam Road, the need to carry out same exercise on the other side of the road became inevitable.
He said that efforts were being made to connect the drains to the other side of Summit Road to channel the water into Anwai River.
Omare described the exercise as successful and revealing, pointing out that Deltans were appreciative of the efforts of the state government towards clearing blocked drains in the state capital.
He assured residents that when the drains are fully cleared, the flooding being experienced on the DBS Road and DDPA would be a thing of the past as water would move freely down to the nearby river.