Flood has been an annual re-occurrence challenge to thousands of people on the planet earth, land sliding, poor erosion, drainage control in major cities in the world. Some cities experienced devastating effect of flooding globally.
In Africa, flooding destroys houses, roads and kills vulnerable children sleeping under the bridges, people sleeping outside the street without shelter.
Major cities in Akwa-Ibom-Nigeria are facing devastating effect of flooding and if care is not taking communities will be wiped out by flood erosion.
The Akwa government was working consistently to put an end to flooding in communities, across major cities of Uyo, with emphasis on the perennial flood site at IBB Way.
The government of Akwa-Ibom has receives the World Bank support, has WB earmarked the sum of N32 billion to tackling flood in the state.
The World/Bank-President, Jim Yong Kim, the Akwai-Ibom State’s Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Dr Iniobong Essien, made this disclosed to newsmen on Sunday in Uyo, the capital, that the project would be executed in partnership with the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP)
That proper drainage channel project would be implemented in phases and when completed, it would reduce the incidence of flooding in the state.
That flooded community area would be channeled through a 7.5 km drain to an outfall at Ibesikpo-Asutan local government area.
That World Bank and its partners have shown serious commitment to tackling the challenge of erosion in the state.
“For the IBB Way flood control project, designs have been put in place and the initial cost of N52 billion reduced to about N32 billion.
“Once the drainage is constructed, the number of catchment areas around Atan Offot, Atiku Abubakar, Abak road and the state secretariat complex would be completely de-flooded,” Essien said.
The N32 billion from the World Bank would also help to finance two major erosion sites at Etim Usanga and Anua both in Uyo local government area.
That there were over 1,000 erosion sites across the 31 local government areas of the state.