By Stella Odika
The Director General, Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency, (WUEDA), Comrade. Ovuozourie Macaulay, has assured the people of the Ugbuwangue community that immediate steps would be taken to curb flooding in the community.
Macaulay, a former Secretary to the Delta State Government, (SSG) stated this on Monday, 20, 2021, when he led a team of Engineers, Contractors and Consultants to Ugbuwangue to ascertain the impact of flooding in the fast growing community in Warri South local government area of Delta State.
“I have seen the situation, and it is very bad, and I sympathise with you; but we must appreciate the fact that prior to this development, Government has taken commendable steps to curb flooding in the entire area of Warri and Uvwie, but unfortunately we are having this development. We have gone round the whole area and we are coming forth with immediate, and long term solutions to address the problem. We shall embark on immediate solution, because the rains are just starting, so that the flooding we have in this area will not continue for the rest of the year.”
Macaulay continued, “the long term solution is to salvage not just the road, but this community that is already sinking down because that is the essence of the Government’s intervention to prevent flooding in Warri.”
Macaulay noted that about this time last year, similar incidence of flooding occurred on Enerhen Road, saying, “that problem has been resolved; when it rains now, within 30 minutes, the flood water drains away.”
He assured that same measure will be used to address the flooding at Ugbuwangue, stressing that 80% of the flooding problem in Warri is caused by the inhabitants of the area, especially land speculators, including those blocking the natural waterways and the channels government has created to evacuate flood water.
“We must be disciplined, we must not use one day’s earning to endanger the life of a whole community for a life time. Therefore, the communities should be their own watchdogs; they should stop selling lands that encroach into natural waterways, and people should stop building on natural waterways,” he said.
The DG further affirmed: “by the end of tomorrow (Tuesday 21, 2021), the report would come out and we would know the best way to take this water out, but we are trying to find a situation where we would minimize cost of damage and compensation because if a man has built a structure, his fence or building would not be destroyed without compensation. It will be done in a way that minimizes cost as this is not part of the budget, but a development that happened along the way. The good thing is that Government is aware of the situation and we want a solution.”