An aide to Imo State Governor, Chief Enyinna Onuegbu has blamed past administrations in the state for the rampaging flooding being witnessed in parts of Owerri, the state capital.

Onuegbu, who is the Chief Political Adviser and Head, Political Bureau to the Governor made the remark while monitoring the ongoing desilting of drainages in the city.

He decried the neglect of the town by previous administrations, saying if they had done the needful, the flooding in the capital city would not occur.

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Onuegbu, a former Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Physical Planning in the state commended the Taskforce Committee Chairman on Desilting of Drainages, Chinasa Nwaneri for a job well done.

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He pointed out that bthe flooding disaster in Owerri will be a thing of the past if all the blocked drainages and tunnels in the metropolis were opened and cleared of debris

Also speaking, the General Manager of the state Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO), Franklin Nzewodo said the ongoing desilting of drainages is a top priority to the state government.

According to him, it would help to create an enabling and safe environment for the people to live and carry out their businesses.

Nzewodo therefore called on residents of Owerri Municipal Council to support the project by clearing gutters around them regularly.

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In his remarks, the site inspector, Princewill Oguamanam said he is monitoring the work to ensure that it is going on smoothly.

Oguamanam said; “As you can see, these damaged tyres, woods, empty cans and plastic bags and bottles were evacuated from the tunnels.

“The workers are inside tunnels as we are talking now and you know that the rain this time is unfriendly. The only way to avoid disaster is to open the gutters for easy flow of water”. 

The administration of Senator Hope Uzodimma had in 2020 executed what was termed a balloon technology to control flood around Egbu/Chukwuma Nwoha Road axis of Owerri Metropolis.

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