From Our Correspondent in Port Harcourt
Andoni Local Government Area in Rivers State has constituted a seven-man flood management committee to begin desilting of drainages and canals to mitigate against flooding.
The Council Chairman, Mr Erastus Awortu, inaugurated the committee at the weekend in Ngo, the council’s headquarters.
Awortu charged members on the need to improve plastic waste management in the area.
Members of the committee include Mr Elisha Amie, who will serve as its chairman and Mr Idante John as Secretary.
Other members are Macmoses Jiawarakon, Fanyeofori Johnson, Aywila Joseph, Jonas Minini and Mrs Mina Daminabor.
Addressing them, Awortu said that his administration would continue to take proactive steps towards flood management.
He urged the committee to adhere strictly to the 2023 flood warnings by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
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The Council boss noted that plastic waste has so far deferred the natural law of decomposition.
“Plastic waste constitute over 40 per cent of silt in drainages. If this situation is not checked, it could lead to flooding.
“We will continue to strive towards averting flood disasters occasioned by blocked drainages/canals and heavy rainfall.
“This is the reason we must take sanitation seriously.
“I charge you to swing into action by clearing the drains and ensuring free flow of water, especially in flood-prone areas,” he said.
The NIgerian Metereological Agency had predicted that 32 states and 178 local government areas will suffer effects of flash floods in the 2023 rainy season.
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