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Flooding: Okowa issues directive for dredging of ‘all existing drainage channels’

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Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed that all existing drainage channels along Okpanam road be dredged as part of measures to mitigate flooding in Asaba, the State Capital.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Governor Okowa on Tuesday gave the directive to dredge all existing drainage channels along Okpanam road, prior to the completion of the new storm drainage projects in the State capital.

Recall that the Governor had inspected the storm drainage sites in Asaba and surrounding areas, as well as their discharge points at the Anwai River; Government House; and Cornerstone Area at Okpanam.

“Currently, we have 3 critical drainages that are being worked [on], however, there is a need to construct at least 5 more in order to control the flow of flood water in the State Capital. It is my firm belief that the completion of these ongoing drainage projects will remarkably reduce the water overflow in Asaba,” the Governor had said.

The Governor urged all Deltans to utilize the services of private waste disposal operators across the state to properly dispose refuse, to add to the effort to ensure perennial flooding across the State is well managed.

“Moving forward, we call on the people of our great state to join us in putting an end to the practice of dumping refuse in drainages. We urge you all to utilize the services of the private waste disposal operators across the state as you properly dispose your refuse,” Okowa stated.

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