Delta confronts drainage challenges, earmarks N18bn for storm drainages

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Delta confronts drainage challenges, earmarks N18bn for storm drainages

Abiodun OBA     |    

Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, said the State Government would give special attention to drainage challenges in Warri South, Uvwie and Udu Local Government Areas because of the flooding posed by the terrain.

The governor stated this on Monday while fielding questions from newsmen in Warri after inspecting some ongoing projects being executed by the state government in the Local Government Areas.

He said his administration would spend N18 billion to construct six storm drainage projects to mitigate the challenge of flood in the state.

According to the governor, contract for two of the projects had been awarded to CCECC Ltd and Levante Construction Ltd.

Okowa assured that his administration would continue to prioritise resources in order to provide necessary infrastructure for the people.

He expressed appreciation to people in the area for coming out in large number to welcome his entourage.

According to him, the large turnout is an affirmation of the satisfaction derived from the projects being executed.

“We are in the Warri area inspecting roads; it is an effort to ensure that we put contractors on their toes.

“There are lots of more roads that are ongoing and if we find time before the Christmas, we will go out for more inspection, otherwise from January we will go out more to inspect more roads to ensure that our roads are properly done and that contractors are actually meeting up with specifications that we have requested them to meet.

“We are managing our resources and that is why we are giving special attention to drainage projects in Warri and Uvwie area because they have a huge flooding problem.

“Whatever was done in the past was not just good enough considering the terrain in the area.

“We have been able to carry out proper studies and we will embark on six storm drainage projects estimated at about N18 billion.

“We have awarded two out of the six projects, to CCECC and Levant Construction Limited who won the bid, according to the State Tender Board.

“These two projects will be costing us about N9.5 billion and that essentially will drain a major part of Warri and Uvwie when completed,” he said.

The governor said that when work on the projects would commence, “we all will be here to witness the kind of drains we are talking about which is like the kind of drains we are constructing in Asaba.

“It may not follow in the same manner like that of Asaba because we are going to use ‘Mat Concrete’ because of the terrain.

“We will tackle the drainage problem to ensure that at the end of this tenure we will be able to beat our chest that we have done something good for Warri people,” he said, adding “once we have solved the drainage challenges, it becomes much easier to construct more roads.”

He added that beyond the drainage projects, “we have other road projects we are embarking on in Warri and environs

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