Flood Alert : Anambra Govt Embarks On Desilting Of Drainages

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BY: SUNNY DAVID/

Anambra State Government has embarked on Desilting and clearing of drainages around the major cities across the State.

The aim is to ensure free flow of water.

Our correspondent reports that while speaking to newsman during the exercise along the Eke-Awka axis, the out-going Commissioner for Environment Mr. Mike Okonkwo who disclosed this noted that it was the directive of Governor Willie Obiano, pointing out that it is a precautionary approach to prevent flooding.

He noted that the exercise is ongoing at the major cities across the State and other areas which are prone to heavy flooding during the rainy season.

The Commissioner called on Ndi Anambra to collaborate with the State government to ensure that the environment is protected.

Contributing, the contractor in charge of the exercise Chief Ralph
Obidimma, noted that the drainage channels across the state are up to
required standards and is capable of controlling the flood caused by
rainfalls.

He regretted that some people are being indifferent to public facilities which was meant to benefit everyone calling on the relevant stakeholders to ensure strict monitoring and punishment of
offenders which he said will help in curbing illegal dumping of refuse
especially into the drains.

Commending the Governor for the exercise, a shop owner around
Eke-Awka, Mr. Jeffrey Nwankwo noted that the act is clear demonstration of commitment towards providing Ndi Anambra with safe and friendly environment noting that it goes a long way to show that the Governor is aware of what is happening within the state but condemned the rate and manner at which people dump refuse into flood channels.

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