Delta state government has reaffirmed commitment to adopt proactive measures to tackle the menace of flooding in some parts of the state faced with flooding challenges.
The commissioner for the ministry of environment, Mr Chris Onogba, gave this assurance when he led the oermanent aecretary of the ministry, Mr Precious Anuku, and officials of the ministry on an inspection tour of flooded areas at Igbodo in Ika North East local government area and Iyiabi Oshimili North local government area of the state.
The commissioner stated that the governor, His Excellency, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration would not relent in ensuring that issues relating to flooding in the state were addressed.
Mr Onogba noted that flooding has been a problem in some communities in the state and the nation in general.
According to him, the problem of flooding usually comes up when ever the river overflow their banks and called on the residents of the areas not to build on the natural waterways and ensure free flow of water in the drainages and water channels.
The commissioner advised that people that live in flood prone areas should relocate to dry land for safety of lives and property in line with climate change, saying everybody Deltan needed to be sensitive and proactive.
Before the inspection tour, the commissioner visited His Royal Majesty, Barr. Ikenchukukwu Osedume 1, Obi of Igbodo and his Chiefs in his Palace where His Royal Majesty Barr. Ikenchukukwu emphasized that the pains of his people have become the pains of the government.
He added that the major responsibilities of every government is to protect lives and provide security, that right from the beginning government has been involved in ensuring safety of citizens.
His Royal Majesty stressed that he has employed the help of rainmakers to hold heavy downpour for the passed one week, his prayers is for government to help his people to restore calmness and peace among the affected areas.
With the commissioner at the inspection was one of the chiefs from the Palace, The Odogun of Igbodo, Chief Ifeoha Azikiwe, who commented the government for coming to the people’s rescue when they needed it most and described the Governor Okowa’s administration as one that listens to the cry of the people.