Delta State Government Wednesday, August 11, approved N4.5 billion for extension of Warri-Uvwie storm drainage system to ensure proper and enduring flood control in the area.
Speaking after an Executive meeting in Asaba, Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu said the extension of the drainage consists of flood control works in Ugbuwangue community in Warri South Local Government Area and additional 15 work sites in phases I and II of the drainage project, bringing the sites to 76.
Aniagwu, who briefed newsmen on the outcome of the council meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in Asaba, said that decisions reached on the project and other issues at the meeting, were targeted at measures that would entrench and deepen the ‘Stronger Delta’ agenda of the administration.
He disclosed that the Advanced Diagnostic Centre and the Mother and Child Medical Centre, Owa-Alero and other capital projects have been earmarked for immediate completion.
He said that the council approved additional works and procurement that would make the medical centre a world-class facility, adding that the Ministry of Health had been directed to ensure that work on the facility was fast-tracked.
Aniagwu also stated that the government has approved the appointment of Isaac Ajawhobu as the Odiologbo of Onogbokor Kingdom in Ndokwa East Local Government Area.
Aniagwu further stated that adjustments for the state’s participation in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme to get more Deltans to key into the agricultural programmes were also approved by the council.
Earlier, Director-General, Warri-Uvwie and Environs Development Agency, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay recalled that the initial contract for the Warri and Uvwie flood control projects was awarded in January, 2020, but that progress of work was stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdown.
“I am happy to report that CCECC, the contractor, has achieved 50% of the initial contract while Levante has achieved a little over 40% on its part, and the people are happy.
“I can tell you that if you go to Warri now, there are lots of the areas where we have already worked on and the people are very happy because there is no more flooding.
“The flooding in Enerhen Road and Enerhen Junction is now a thing of the past because the whole area has been taken care of,” he said.
He further disclosed that the increase of work sites on the storm drainage projects from initial 61 to 76 caused a corresponding increase of the contract value by N4.5 billion from the original sum of N9.5 billion, explaining that the increase was necessitated by some developments in the area.
“The whole of Ugbuwangue community is underwater and the government at today’s meeting has also approved that the area should be taken care of,” he added.