ASABA- Speaker Delta state House of Assembly ( Rt) Hon.Sheriff Oborevwori has tasked builders in the state not to block waterways or carnals that help free movement of water.
Hon. Oborevwori made this advice during the formal launch of Delta State/ Nigeria erosion and Watershed management project (NEWMAP) by the executive governor of the state, Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa.
He said ‘‘I want to appeal to Deltans to desist from building on natural waterways and stop blocking our drainage system.
I am delighted to be in your midst this morning to give a goodwill message at the formal launch of Delta State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project ( NEWMAP) by His Excellency, Senator ( Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa.
‘‘I must say that the launch of NEWMAP today is very timely. There is no better time than now to do this. The world is changing. We cannot run away from Climate Change, it has come to stay and we must rise up to the challenge.
‘‘The recent Harvey Flood is an eye opener for all of us. Houston will take a long time to recover from the Harvey Hurricane. Reports across the City indicated that the disaster is the first of its kind in the City. The flood swallowed mansions, Green Road Signs, Traffic lights, Stop signs, Main roads and loops. Homes turned into River overnight. Speedboats and Helicopters were used to rescue people from their homes. The rest is history.
‘‘Back home here in Nigeria, flood has brought untold hardship to Nigerians. The people of Benue State are still counting their losses and licking their wounds from the recent flood disaster in the State. Tens of thousands of people were displaced by the Flood in Benue State. With all these things happening around us, we must begin to change our ways of doing things and pay adequate attention to our environment’’ he noted
He however, commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Ministry of Environment for being proactive in addressing environmental issues in the state and believed that with a project like NEWMAP, if actualized, will take Delta State far.