From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said that with the successes recorded with the storm drainage projects being executed by his administration, more projects will be executed in the state.
Governor Okowa gave the assurance on Tuesday during an inspection visit to storm drainage sites in Asaba and its environs. The governor who was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie; Chief of Staff, Government House, Olorogun David Edevbie; the Senior Political Adviser, Rt. Hon. Funkekeme Solomon inspected the discharge points of the storm drainage projects at the Anwai River, Government House in Asaba and Corner Stone area of Okpanam.
The level of job done at the project sites were explained by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Engr. Fred Edafioghor.
According to the governor, “we have to manage our finances; we have to be wise in our spending because these projects cannot be abandoned and we also want to be sure that in our planning process that we are not taking more than we can chew, so that we do not get choked; in the first four years we have been able to keep up with payments and projections; obviously, there are lots of benefits derivable from the construction of these drainage projects and we will do more.”
“From what we saw during the inspection, we are working with specifications; this current project (at Jesus Saves Road) is within its limit and we are being told that the houses around this project is affecting some of the work being done, but, work is going on and it will connect to the sewage by the Lion House while the other sewage drain will connect to the Agric road sewage; these projects are all part of the drainage plans for Asaba,” he said, adding, “we have three major drainages that are being executed but on the whole we have a lot more drainages to construct if we are to control the flow of flood water in Asaba; we still need about five more drainage projects to effectively tackle flood issues in Asaba to the level we want but, we took the three most critical ones which we have been inspecting today.”
“I believe that the completion of these ongoing drainage projects will remarkably reduce the water overflow in Asaba, but there is still a lot more to be done,” the governor stated.