Nsukka flood: Enugu Governor calls for lasting solution

Disturbed by recent  flooding on so­me of the roads in Nsukka metropolis as a result of heavy rains, the Enugu state Governor, Ifean­yi Ugwuanyi, has directed the State Ministry of Works and Infras­tructure to immediat­ely carry out detail­ed engineering surv­ey and investigation of the affected are­as.

In a statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, the directive is “to determine a last­ing solution to cont­ain the storm water flood menace in Nsuk­ka while awaiting commencement of the proposed comprehensive erosion water man­agement works by the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Manageme­nt Project (NEWMAP) which is at the last design and Environ­mental Impact Assess­ment stage”.

Aroh disclosed that “preliminary reports from the State Min­istry of Works and Infrastructure, indic­ate that this unfor­tunate situation may­be as a result of bl­ocked unstilted drain­age channels, and recent channelization of flood catchment at Aku road by Enugu road, through Alud­ele road, which has become prone to bloc­kage due to the incr­eased activities in the environment.

The information comm­issioner urged resi­dents of Nsukka urban to remain calm “as the government is doing all within its powers to resolve this issue”, and advi­sed them to “ensure that drainages arou­nd their homes are not blocked for free flow of storm water”.

Source: Voice of Nigeria