The Warri, Uvwie and Environs Development Agency (WUEDA) says it will soon commence work on the first phase of “storm drainage’’ project in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta.
The Director-General of WUEDA, Mr Ovouzuorie Macaulay, made this known on Monday at a meeting with leaders of the affected communities in Uvwie.
Macaulay said that the project being handled by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) would begin in the next one week.
He urged residents of the area to give the company the necessary support for the project to be completed at the stipulated period of 18 months.
The director-general warned that the project could take up to four years to be completed, if it was disrupted.
According to him, this is the only time in the history of Delta that a comprehensive master plan has been developed to address the issue of flooding in Warri, Uvwie and the environs.
“We call for this meeting so that leaders in Uvwie communities can familiarise themselves with the contractor handling the project so that at the end of the day it will not be disrupted by anybody.
“Some of the existing drainage channels will be redesigned and expanded to meet the flooding challenges.
“The system is designed in such a way that when the contractor is working in Ugbomro Community, the people have the benefit to work with them.
“But, when they relocated to Ekpan Community, the Ugbomro people cannot come there to work with them.
“I will not tolerate a situation where a job, especially the casual parts that can be done by members of the community will be given to outsiders,’’ he said.
Macaulay assured that adequate compensation would be paid to those whose properties would be destroyed in the course of the project.
“They are not starting with demolition, and we will not demolish any property until we have paid for it,’’ he said.
“Uvwie people are peace loving people and we are ready to work with the company to ensure that the project is completed.
“The era when projects are disrupted is over.
“We are using this opportunity to encourage investors to come to Uvwie and do business,’’ he said.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Olagoke Olatoye
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