Delta State Government has commenced desilting of major water canals in Warri and Uvwie areas as part of its flood control measures in the state.
The state Director-General, Special Duties, Chief Frank Omare who led men and equipment to the water canals on Friday, August 4, reiterated plans to demolish buildings and other structures obstructing the free flow of water in waterways across the state.
Recently, the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) began clearing blocked drainages in Warri and Uvwie largely attributable to the poor environmental cleanliness of residents, some of whom deliberately dump their waste into drainages.
However, as good as the opening of the drainages with blocked major waterways around these two local government areas, it is difficult for flood water to discharge into the major waterways down to the rivers.
It is for this reason, that swamp buggies were on Friday deployed to major waterways in different locations in Warri and Uvwie to open them.
The locations includes, the waterway that cut across behind Eburu Street area, Robinson Plaza down to Willie Street.
The second waterway being opened up is the one that runs from Effurun GRA connecting Okoloba to Aka Avenue down to the Ekpan River.
The third waterway where work is going on is the one on the NNPC Housing Complex linking also the Ekpan River. There is also another swamp buggy working from the Ugborikoko end.
Some residents applauded the Delta State government for a job well done.
The Director-Special Duties, Chief Frank Omare, who spoke with journalists said he will be firm in carrying out the job.
He urged residents to imbibe good habits towards their environment to enable government spend less of taxpayers’ monies in opening and clearing drainages and major water channels.
Chief Omare restated the commitment of the Oborevwori-led administration to giving a facelift to Warri axis, especially in the area of clean environment.