Erosion control: Edo desilts drainages, clears moats ahead heavy downpour predictions

Erosion control: Edo desilts drainages, clears moats ahead heavy downpour predictions

Edo state government has begun desiltation and maintenance of drainages and clearing of moats across the Benin metropolis ahead of heavy downpour by the end of August.

The commissioner for environment and sustainability, Engr Jonathan Lawani revealed this to journalists in Benin City where he also stated that the project was birthed as a result of the clamour of Edolites for succour

He said "what you're seeing here is desiltation and maintenance of existing drains and moats along flood prone areas in the state and based on the NIMET report, the end of this month and next month, we are expecting a heavy downpour that is going to threaten so many things so Mr governor has approved that we carryout a massive desiltation of existing drains

"we are carrying out this exercise in over 30km of roads and We discovered that one major problems in erosion control is that the moats that is supposed to serve as a discharge point for all the connecting drainage systems have been silted and blocked. So we're going to first open the moats to serve as evacuation points and then clean up all the connecting drainage systems"

Subscribing to the plight of the residents and commuters of these roads, the commissioner said "if you're opportuned to use your vehicle in these roads on a normal rainy day, you'll not want to pass through it again because of the erosion problem so Mr governor quickly approved the quick desiltation of the drains and moats to allow free flow of water so that the roads will not be destroyed and people will no longer experience the horror of erosion they normally experience on rainy days."

Jonathan further stated that with the establishment of Edo state flood erosion watershed management agency, FEWMA, the exercise is going to be continuous for sustainability 

He further appealed to the citizens to take ownership of maintenance of drains as well as desist from building structures on waterways and indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages and waterways

Further buttressing this, the permanent secretary, ministry of environment, Mr Lucky Wasa stated that incessant sensitization has been carried out and is still being carried out via the media and town hall meetings and environmental officers are especially going round major roads to ensure that people do not abuse the terms of waste disposal.

Residents of the affected areas commended the governor Obaseki led administration for the initiative, stating that those who have fled their homes due to flooding will be able to come back to their dwelling and further appealed to the various contractors handling the project to take advantage of the fair weather and speed up the work.

Among the roads to be desilted are Central Road off Sapele Road; Erhunmunse Street off Ekehuan Road; Five junction to doctor's lodge along Ugbowo--Lagos Road; Upper Mission Road Junction to Oando filing station by Benin Auchi Road; Ewah Road from Upper Mission Road Junction to Ikpoba Slope; Isekhere Road Junction through Wire Road to Five Junction among others.

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