DELTA State Government has announced its intention to take swift action against buildings and illegal structures obstructing natural water channels in the state, in a bid to address the issue of flooding.
In the coming days, the government plans to commence a demolition exercise in Warri, Uvwie, Udu, Sapele, Ughelli, and other affected areas to remove structures hindering the flow of water. The measure is part of the state’s proactive approach to control and mitigate flood-related problems.
During an inspection of structures impeding the ongoing construction of the Storm Water Project in Warri and Uvwie, Chief Frank Omare, the State Director-General of Special Duties, emphasized the urgency of the situation. He advised owners of buildings situated on water channels to vacate the premises immediately. There will be no formal notice given before the bulldozers move in to demolish the illegal structures.
To avoid any complications, he urged building owners with valid approval documents to display them visibly on their buildings and also submit copies to his office for verification with the appropriate authorities. The government intends to distinguish between authorized constructions and those built illegally.
Regarding those with valid approvals, Chief Frank Omare assured that they would receive compensation for their affected buildings. This compensation is intended to facilitate the smooth process of demolishing the structures and, in turn, ensure the unobstructed flow of water.
By taking this decisive action, the Delta State Government aims to protect its citizens from the devastating effects of flooding and create a safer environment for all residents. Cooperation from the public is expected to expedite the process and minimize any potential damage caused by heavy rains and floods.
The state government encourages citizens to remain vigilant and supportive of the initiative, as it endeavors to make Delta State more resilient to natural disasters.