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Govt steps up anti-flooding measures in Ogbaru LGA

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… Dredges Nise-Amawbia canal

IN ORDER to check flood and reinforce the concrete retaining wall at the confluence of Idemili River and Sakamori canal, Gov. Willie Obiano has paid a visit to the site to ascertain the level of water flow in the area.

Sakamori canal is a federal government project which collects most of the surface water from Okpoko and environs which it deposits into Idemmili River. The river is a tributary to River Niger.

 

The drainage design appears perfect but the area continues to experience severe flooding.  As a result, Governor Obiano tasked a team of experts led by the Commissioner for Works,  Marcel Ifejiofor to study the drainage systems and proffer solutions to the flooding menace in the area.

 

Governor Obiano said that enquiry embarked by the state government revealed that permanent solution to flood in the area is to dredge the confluence and create a path to enable free flow of Idemili River into the River Niger. The team led by the Commissioner for Works, Marcel Ifejiofor discovered that the Sakamori canal empties into the the Idemmili river at a sharp 90° angle

 

Ifejiofor and team also discovered that the river moves at a current faster than the water from the canal which causes a back-surge of water canal to overflow into the streets resulting in the flooding of the surrounding environment.  The contractor handling the project, Mr John Arachie assured that the project will be completed in four months’ time.

 

It will be recalled that Governor Obiano earlier awarded a contract to redesign the canal for a better and smoother flow of water at possibly a 45° angle. The contract also involves the building of a retainer wall to forestall overflowing of the canal. Silt will be removed from the canal and the Idemmili river will also be dredged for about 6.5km upto to the River Niger.

 

This will ensure a smooth flow of water through Sakamori canal to Idemmili River and further into the great River Niger.  In the same development, Govenor Willie Obiano also inspected the expansion of the water channel at Nise-Amawbia-Nibo road behind the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

 

During the visit, Gov Obiano assured Ndi Anambra that the government, in collaboration with NEMA, SEMA and other relevant agencies is adequately prepared for emergencies. Governor Obiano is committed in ensuring that flooding is reduced minimally in Anambra state.

About a month ago, Gov Obiano visited the riverine communities to persuade indigenes to heed the warning of NEMA about impending rising tides and possible flooding due to expected heavy rainfall in the month of September.

 

Meanwhile, dredging work by the state government is going on at advanced stage on the intractable canal that previously overflows Nise-Amawbia Road in Awka-South Local Government Area whenever there was heavy downpour. About 2.5 metres of the canal has been dredged as earth mowing caterpillar continue to work.

 

Expressing satisfaction at level of work already done while speaking during an impromptu stop at the site, Gov. Willie Obiano, stated that the  project is being carried out under the flood control programmes of Anambra State, adding that upon completion, motorists will no longer suffer hardships on the road whenever there is heavy rain.

 

According to the governor, government has waded into flood menace in the area especially last year claimed a girl’s life, on her way from a church service in company of members of her immediate family, to prevent further losses.

 

“My administration awarded a contract for refurbishing of road and will demolish the existing bridge to construct a new one that can stand the test of time. All these are part of our programmes to minimise destructions that struck the state in times past,” he said.

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