- The Imo government has taken a major step towards addressing the menace of flooding in the state
- The government is already consulting Imo engineers and other allied professionals to address the issue
- A committee was put together for all the recommendations to be an implementable document
The Imo government has moved to end the menace of flooding in the state, particularly the capital city, Owerri, by consulting Imo engineers and other allied professionals.
The meeting which was held at the instance of the governor, Emeka Ihedioha, was held at the Imo Government House Owerri, with representatives of the Nigeria Society of Engineers, Institute of Architects, Institute of Landscape Architects, Institute of Surveyors, Institute of Town planners, Environmentalists, and Landscape Architects.
The representatives of MCC, the construction company that did the initial road design and construction of Owerri City, were also invited.
The various professional bodies took turns to X-ray the causes of flooding in the state, the immediate measures to control flooding and long term solutions.
Some of their resolutions include:
1. Develop the five (5) retention basins and two (2) intake structures located along D*ick Tiger and at the end of Chukwuma Nwoha and channel them through tunnelling to the river
2. Interconnect all the drainage channels at about 62 points in Owerri capital
3. Re-align the shallow drains to connect back to its appropriate discharge point
4. De-silt Lake Nwaebere so as to receive proper flow
5. Open up/re-open the tunnel lines that was wrongly closed during illegal or wrong construction activities
6. Open up the drain along Old Okigwe road opposite former CCB building
7. Remove illegal structures along the green verge
8. Dredge or develop the Otamiri/Nworie discharge point
9. Rebuild illegally destroyed tunnel discharge points located at the river banks
10. Check Illegal dumping of refuse into drainage lines and green verge
11. Discourage all illegal sand mining along our river banks
12. Remove all buildings which seats on the created line tunnels and retention basins
13. Re-introduction of a road maintenance team to take care of the roads
14. Construction of well designed detention and infiltration pit at appropriate locations
15. Adopting good waste management practices, collection, segregation, recycling, re-use etc
16. Enforcement of building regulations and
17. Improvement of structural integrity of road networks in the metropolis.
The governor in his remark noted that it was important to seek professional recommendations to the infrastructural challenges facing the state.
His words: “The purpose of this meeting is to enable us rub minds to achieve success. I urge all to have faith and have confidence that our efforts today will not be in vain. A task team will be constituted to work on the recommendations.
“However, aside the measures you have suggested, we also seek your professional support when the recommendations are implemented. I want to sincerely assure that this efforts of ours, God willing, will find a lasting solution to the flooding problems of Owerri.”
The professional bodies at the end of the interactive session agreed to have a committee headed by a renowned landscape architect, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, with the special adviser to the governor on project monitoring and evaluation, Dr Mrs Uche Moneke as secretary, while other professional bodies, have two member representatives.
The duty of the committee will be to put together all the recommendations into an implementable document.
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Governor Ihedioha recently expressed the determination of his administration to make Imo, the cleanest state in the federation.
The governor who spoke at the Government House, Owerri, on Wednesday, July 17 during the inauguration of the panning, sensitization and implementation committee for the July, 2019 clean-up exercise, said the health of the state's citizens was threatened by unhealthy environment.
He said that between 2008 and 2011, the state was adjudged the cleanest in the country by the federal ministry of environment, decrying that in the past 8 years, the state had become one of the dirtiest.
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