By Ambrose Ologide
WARRI/Nigeria: Delta state government has stated that incessant flooding in Warri, Effurun and environs would soon be a thing of the past.
The State Commissioner for Works and Chairman of the Warri/Effurun and environ Storm Water Control Measure Committee, Chief James Augoye, stated this at the maiden meeting of the 11 man committee at the Government House Annex in Warri.
Chief Augoye said that the committee was set up by the state government to look into ways of curbing the incessant flood plaguing Warri and Effurun, noting that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration was poised to ensure enabling environment for Deltans to carry out their day to day activities.
He added that the flood menace was a disgrace to the state given the fact that Delta had natural water ways that storm water could drain into.
The works commissioner said that the committee had also set up a sub- technical committee that would carry out a field study of the flooded areas and report back to the general committee in two weeks time who according to him, would then process information and make an official report to the state governor next month.
The meeting featured presentation of a Google Map to identify the flooded areas, blocked natural water channels and places where possible drains could be constructed to connect to the natural water ways.
The eleven man Effurun/Warri-Environ Storm Water Control Measure committee further paid a visit to the Local government chairman of Warri South West and Uvwie Local government areas to intimate them of their plans and sued for their support especially in the area of security.
The Chairman of Warri South Local Government Council, Honourable Michael Tidi and his counterpart in Uvwie, Honourable Ramson Tega both promised to support the committee to ensure that their mandate was carried out successfully, noting that it was a project that would benefit the people living in the areas.