By Desmond Ogudu

Governor Udom Emmanuel is vigorously taking steps to tackle the menace of IBB Avenue flooding to ease the burden off commuters of the road.

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information, Sir Charles Udoh, stated this recently in Uyo while responding to a telephone interview on a live Planet 101.1 FM Programme, Akwa Ibom Mandate.

Sir Charles Udoh said that a partnership has been struck between the State Government, Federal Government and the World Bank on the control of the flooding which had caused untold hardship on comuters of the road for years now.

According to the State spokesman, the flood control project will involve the construction of both surface & underground drainage structures for collection and final discharge of the flooding at IBB Way and the adjoining streets.

He said that the IBB Avenue flooding could not have been handled solely by the State Government because of the magnitude of work and the huge financial implications of the project, expressing with optimism that, the partnership will bring a lasting solution to the IBB flooding menace.

Sir Udoh who recalled that a near similar case of flooding once occurred along Nsikak Eduok Avenue, at a location which was then popularly referred to as “Car Wash”, emphasised that as Governor Udom Emmanuel salvaged that flooding situation, he will also do same to the IBB Avenue case.

On the pipe-high-jacking flooding project put in place by the past administration at Itam to control flooding in Uyo metropolis, the Information boss, wondered why residents of Uyo capital city would be suffering from such high level of flooding if the project were functional or in good working condition.

“I wasn’t a part of the past administration so I can’t talk much about a project put in place then. But I’m wondering the workability of the pipe-high-jacking underground drainage when residents experience such level of flooding in the metropolis whenever it rains”, Udoh reasoned.

He therefore called on indigenes of the State, especially commuters of IBB Avenue and other flood-prone areas of the capital city, to exercise patience and bear with the State Government while it embarks on measures geared at completely curbing the IBB Avenue flooding, as well as other flood-affected areas within the capital city and beyond.


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