The apex socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo yesterday led residents of Owerri to salute Gov Hope Uzodinma for arresting the perennial flooding in the state capital through his drainage containment vision that informed his reconstruction of strategic roads in the state capital.
They were particularly happy that the governor tackled the flooding menace from the roots by the construction of the strategic roads that housed the main drainage systems in the capital as provided in the city’s master plan.
“The drainage containment measures embarked upon by Gov Uzodinma is efficacious. Most flood ridden neighborhoods can lend credence to the fact that after the heavy downpour of the past weeks, their areas are now flood free”, Ohanaeze Ndigbo averred.
In a statement issued by the president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, lmo state chapter, Dr. Ezechi Chukwu, and the secretary, Mr. Kenneth Nwachukwu, the organization noted that the reconstruction of key roads in Owerri including Assumpta avenue, world Bank, Oparanozie, Relief market, Chukwuma Nwoha, Dick Tiger among others with standard drainages aligned with the governor’s vision of solving holistically the perennial flooding.
While commending the governor for his vision of checking flooding in Owerri through the construction of strategic roads, Ohanaeze Ndigbo condemned the vandalization of the recently resuscitated Otamiri water scheme by unknown people.
According to them,” We are bewildered on the news of the vandalization of this landmark project which Gov Uzodinma resuscitated after one and half decades of the inability of previous administrations to provide safe public water to Owerri residents”.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, however, urged the governor not to be distracted by” miniature enemies of Ndimo” but to forge ahead in delivering democracy dividends to the people of the state.
According to Nze Joe Nnadi and Mrs. Joyce Osuji, it is to the credit of Gov Uzodinma that he religiously carried out need assessment of the roads which housed the major drainages and thereafter began their rehabilitation.
They noted that previous governments had been paying lip service to the tackling of the flooding menace until Gov Uzodinma vowed to make Owerri flood-free.
Meanwhile, some residents of the state capital have expressed joy their annual suffering through horrific flooding is over with the intervention of the governor who decided to implement the original master plan of Owerri as regards drainages.
Nze Nnadi who retired from the state ministry of works in 2006, regretted that previous governments ignored the inputs of civil servants who counseled the return to the original master plan for Owerri.
He commended Uzodinma for seeing reason to ensure that Owerri was flood-free by his pragmatic approach towards solving the problem holistically.