Delta state commissioner for environment, Mr. Chris Onogba, has enjoined Deltans to complement the efforts of the state government in combating ecological disaster and desist from turning drainages into dump sites or building on waterways.
Worried by the flood challenge in Oghara, Ethiope West local government area, the commissioner observed that some drainages have been blocked by refuse and silt, thereby distorting organized system of channeling the waters.
Onogba advised those living on low plains to move to higher grounds rather than wait to be displaced by the ravaging floods while government looks into finding lasting solution to address the situation.
“One thing we have observed is that people will deliberately build on waterways. When you do that, you may enjoy at the initial stage but in the end, water must find its course wheher you like it or not.
“Those building on natural waterways should desist from doing so. Whoever wants to build must get approval from appropriate quarters.
“Our people feel that when they dump their refuse into the drains, water will help them take it away but that has proven not to be true and so it must be discouraged. The drains are not a means of evacuating wastes” he said.
Onogba stressed that palliative measures will be undertaken by the government to manage the situation, adding that the state government has considered underground drainage system in major cities to tackle the flood menace.
Corroborating the commissioner, special adviser to Governor Okowa on environmental issues, Hon Daniel Yingi, called on landlords and tenants to patronize approved means of waste disposal rather than blocking the gutters with wastes.
The commissioner also visited Ologbo, (boundary between Delta and Edo states) where the river overflowed onto the highways, posing distress to commuters and residents of the area.