By Suoyo Ekubo
Following various predictions by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) of heavy rainfall and flooding in many parts of the country, including Rivers State this year, the Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, has put in place mechanism to checkmate erosion and flooding in Buguma.
The AsalgaFirst Media-Directorate in a statement on Wednesday disclosed that desilting work has begun in earnest in Buguma City, the Headquarters of Asari-Toru Local Government Area at the behest of the Asalga Sheriff.
“Work began today at the Ibama’s compound drainage canals and progressed up to the Nifeipiri compound canals at the Sandfilled Areas of both compounds.”
According to the Supervisor for Works and Energy, Chief (Sir) Dedeibi Olu-Princewill, the drainage declogging work will continue on a daily basis until the entire canals in Buguma are desilted to allow for a free flow of Water.
“This measure has in itself, the potential to mitigate and or prevent the impending flood from taking its toll on Buguma City and its environs.”
“Casting our memories back to 6th September, 2023, the ASALGA helmsman, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, approved the desilting of all canals in Buguma City. The approval came as a first step in a series of proactive steps to prevent the insurgence of flood in Buguma as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, which picked Buguma as one of the flood prone areas in its 2023 flood predictions.” Statement reads in part.