By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has ordered constant clearing of all drains and other water channels in Asaba to check the perennial flooding of the capital city.
The directive followed over three weeks daily evacuation of the drains in major roads and streets around the capital territory by the office of the Director-General, Special Programmes to the Governor, Chief Frank Omare.
The affected areas are Ogbelo quarters, Okpanam Road, Ibusa Road, Nnebuisi Road, Jesus Save Road, Anwai Road, SSS Road, High Court Road, DBS Road, all the link roads and streets around the cenotaph and behind Government House, Cabinet Office Road and GRA Police Station Road among others.
Omare, who disclosed the new government approach to check the worrisome and devastating flooding problem in Asaba, said that the state government was determined to find a permanent solution to the ravaging flood.
Omare said: “There are good drains and water channels in Asaba and its environs. His Excellence is aware that constant blocking of these drains and channels was the major cause of the flooding. He has, therefore, directed regular clearing of these drains to channel the water to the Anwai River.
“The governor has asked me to be firm, diligent and committed to the directive despite challenges that may be faced in the cause of the assignment. I have assured my boss of the effective execution of his directive. I have engaged over 100 workers, got some heavy duty equipment, including bulldozers, pay loaders and tippers for easy and fast evacuations.”
“We are working everyday of the week, Saturday and Sunday inclusive. We even worked on Easter Day to make sure that the ravaging flooding waters have minimal effect on the people. In the past, Asaba residents suffered so much as a result of flooding whenever it rains. Property were destroyed, roads and streets rendered impassable, even in some cases people cannot leave their houses.
“Governor Okowa is a man of action and always disposed to reducing to the bearest minimum the pains of the people. And to achieve the set goal, residents’ attitude towards the environment must change. They must stop dropping waste into the drains and must ensure they clear their surroundings regularly and evacuate the debris generated to approved dump site.”