BY SUNNY A. DAVID
In order to check flood and reinforce the concrete retaining wall at the confluence of Idemili River and Sakamori canal, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State paid a visit to the site to access things for himself.
Sakamori River is in Odekpe, Ogbaru Council Area of the State.
Our correspondent was also there and reports that the Governor said that enquiry embarked upon by the State government revealed that a 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.
While pointing out that about two hundred houses in the area are
usually affected by flood during high rainy season, he expressed
optimism that the move will help reduce flood in the area including
Okpoko, Onitsha and even Odekpe axis, cautioning the State citizenry
against throwing garbage in the water channels as part of the problem is years of accumulated garbage thrown into drainage system.
The Contractor, handling the project, Mr. John Arachie who assured that the project will be completed in four months time, hinted that the high current of the Idemili River does not allow the Sakamori water to flow and empty appropriately into the River Niger, adding that the project spans about four point two kilometers, while the
drainage is about ten meters deep.
The Commissioner for Works, Engineer Marcel Ifejiofor, among others visited the site with the Governor.
The Sakamori drainage is a Federal Government project constructed
years ago to check flood in the area, but eventually did not live up
Governor Obiano also inspected the completed work at the flood channel from Nise-Amawbia-Nibo Road by Governor’s Lodge, which was awarded about four months ago.
There, the Governor said that the bridge will be reconstructed, adding
that the access road will be done.
Recall that during last year flood, a Peugeot vehicle upturned from the bridge into the water where one life was lost.