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10 kilometer Flood Control System Inaugurated By Governor Emmanuel

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Ten Kilometre IBB Flood Control system has been inaugurated by Governor Udom Emmanuel with his Delta State Counterpart and Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Emmanuel recalled the poor state he met the area, saying the project was in fulfillment of his promise to the people.

The Governor observed that though the project has gulped millions of naira, he was glad and satisfied that it would provide a permanent solution to issues of perennial flooding which had been plaguing residents of the IBB Avenue and surrounding communities in Uyo, Ibesikpo Asutan, and Nsit Ibom local government areas in the past years.

The Delta State governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa lauded the courage and ingenuity of Governor Udom Emmanuel to embark on a project of such magnitude in the midst of harsh economic realities and commended his passion and thoughtfulness to providing potable water scheme for those communities whose sources of water have been affected in the course of the project execution.

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Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Sir Charles Udo, while giving an overview of the project, said the project was designed with more than fifteen road crossing culverts and perimeter fencing at open drain sections among other safety considerations.

On his part, the National Project Coordinator of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, Doctor Salihu Dahiru, said Akwa Ibom state emerged as the best-performing state in the NEWMAP projects across the country hence, the agency’s decision to partner with the state government on the project.

Speaking on behalf of residents of the benefitting communities, the Paramount Ruler of Uyo, Edidem Sylvanus Okon, expressed gratitude to the state government for embarking on the project, noting that residents of the area have now returned to their homes.

The IBB flood control project which cuts across eighteen communities in three local government areas was undertaken by the Akwa Ibom state government, in partnership with the World Bank, through the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP.

 

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