Ahead of the rainy season proper, Delta State Government has resumed the desilting of blocked drains and other water channels in Asaba and its environs.
The Director-General, Special Programs to the State Governor, Chief Frank Omare, said the periodic exercise was part of measures by government to permanently address the issue of flooding in the State Capital Territory.
Omare, who had served as Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Housing and Environment in the State, explained that prior to the Asaba Comprehensive Storm Project by the state government, the capital city was usually heavily flooded whenever it rains.
He noted that many residents were rendered homeless and property worth millions of naira lost to the perennial flooding, stressing that there was so much public outcry over the ugly development.
The Special Programs DG said the Asaba Comprehensive Storm Project was embarked on by government to channel water to the nearby Anwai River and the Atlantic Ocean whenever it rains as a major step towards nipping the problem in the bud.
Omare stated that although the project was still ongoing, a lot had been achieved in that regard as residents no longer experience the perennial flooding.
He said the ongoing exercise would ensure massive desilting of major drains on the ever busy Okpanam road, Nnebuisi road, DBS road, Maryam Babangida way, High Court road, Inter Bua roundabout, SSS road and all the adjoining streets among others.
The Director General, however, condemned the attitude of some residents who turned the drains to dumped sites, pointing out that virtually all the connecting points in the drains were blocked with refuse.
While commending the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa for sustaining the proactive measures against flooding in Asaba, Okpanam and environs, Omare stressed the need for residents to be positive in their attitude towards the environment.
By Christian Onwugbolu