Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State says his administration has taken stringent measures to check perennial flooding.
Dr. Okowa gave the assurance when members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Asaba branch led by Bemigho Ofoeyeno presented a report on flood water management and control in Asaba and its environs.
According to him, “this Government has taken action to solve the problem of flooding in different parts of the state. Also, like other states in the country, our government also has its funding constraints. But, beyond the constraints, we have a commitment to our people and will do everything to mitigate flooding.”
On the flood situation in Asaba and its environs, the Governor further assured, “we have started constructing the drains along Okpanam road and mindful of the fact that it is not enough to bring the final solution to the flooding challenge in Asaba”.
“We have also recently approved the contract for the construction of a sewer along the Direct Labour Agency/Jesus Saves Road to solve the drainage problems that we have in the capital territory,” he informed the NSE members.
He commended the NSE for collaborating with the government to help proffer solutions to the flooding situation in Asaba and its environs, disclosing that “there was a master plan for Asaba at some point in time, which was developed several years ago. We are already in the process of drawing a new one with the help of consultants”.
Okowa stated that the master plan and topographic map of capital territory would be developed through the Delta Capital Territory Development Agency, saying “we will see what can be done to ensure that we have a holistic map, which will help to guide our actions concerning the capital territory”.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Bemigho Ofoeyeno said “it is our belief that if the recommendations provided in our report on the floodwater management and control in Asaba and its environs are fully implemented, it will bring a permanent solution to the flooding problem which has become a menace”.