Rivers com­mences de-silt­ing of flood-prone ar­eas

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court

The Rivers Waste Man­age­ment Agency (RIWAMA) has com­menced de-silt­ing of ma­jor creeks and canals in Obio Ak­por Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area and other parts of Port Har­court.

It said the ex­er­cise is aimed at check­ing flood.

Sole Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the agency, Felix Obuah,while

State in­spect­ing on­go­ing works at Ntan­wogba Creek, Mini Nwon­dugba, Mini Aziri, Mini Ng­wolu and Mini Ekere canals yesterday said the ini­tia­tive was part of Gover­nor Nye­som Wike’s ef­forts to keep the state safe from flood.

He lamented that free flow of wa­ter in the canals and creeks have been ham­pered due to in­dis­crim­i­nate dump­ing of refuse.

“This at­ti­tude causes block­ade of drains, thereby pre­vent­ing free flow of wa­ter. It is as a re­sult of this that the gover­nor or­dered that all creeks and canals in the state must be cleaned,” he said.

He said that his agency would de­mol­ish all build­ings and struc­tures on wa­ter­ways and that any­one caught throw­ing refuse into the drains would be ar­rested and pros­e­cuted.

Obuah, who is also the Chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the state, said four swamp buggy ve­hi­cles were de­ployed and now work­ing in the creeks and canals, adding that the pro­ject has reached ad­vanced stage and could be com­pleted in a month’s time.

He said the use of the swam buggy be­came nec­es­sary in or­der to dig up garbage buried be­neath the canals and creeks.

He main­tained that the Wike ad­min­is­tra­tion would not com­pro­mise stan­dards in ex­e­cut­ing projects.

He added that the sec­ond phase of the pro­ject would be the clear­ing of ex­ca­vated silts to pro­vide walk­ways at both sides of the creek.

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