Impending Flood: Yingi Warns Delta Residents Over Blocked Drains

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Chief Daniel Yingi, Honourable Member Representing Burutu State 1 Constituency at DTHA
Chief Daniel Yingi

The Special Adviser to the Delta State Governor on Environment and Marine Transportation, Hon Daniel Yingi has decried the nonchalant attitude of some residents of the state towards the environment.

Hon Yingi, who spoke with Journalists after accompanying the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Christian Onogba on visits to some flood prone areas in the state, said it was unfortunate for residents to turn their eyes against blocked drains in their neighborhoods.

The Special Adviser to the Governor warned of the impending flood as observed by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, stressing that there was the need to mobilize towards ensuring that all water channels were open up for free flow of waters whenever it rains.

Hon Yingi explained that government can not be clearing drainages but will only come in when the drainages were not properly linked to collections points.

He maintained that some flooded areas could not have experienced such but for the blocked drains, pointing out that it was sad for residents to be throwing debris into the drains.

Blocked Drainage in Asaba
Desilting Of A Blocked Drain in Asaba

Hon Daniel Yingi said, with the heavy rains, flooding was inevitable, stressing that when the drains were properly disilted, the water would find it way to the nearby collection points.

The Special Adviser who was the Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Oil and Gas in the Delta State House of Assembly for eight years, restated the commitment of the state government at ensuring that the effect of any natural disasters in the state was minimal on the people.

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