Delta State Governor, Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, has ordered the demolition of all buildings erected along waterways in the state.
The Governor has already directed the state ministries of Housing, Works and Lands to identify and pull down all such buildings to allow for the free flow of water on natural waterways.
The governor gave the orders on Monday during an inspection tour of Phases I and II of the Warri/Effurun Storm Water Control Projects in Warri South and Uvwie Local Government Areas of the State.
He said, “We started the inspection with Phase ll of the stormwater drainage project being handled by CCECC. They have five catchment areas. We have looked at their work and realised that they have done a lot as they have gone very far.
“They have some obstacles and we also looked at what is causing the obstacles and got to know that there are some buildings on natural waterways, which is causing obstructions and slowing down the spate of work being done by the construction firm.
“We also assured the contractors that all the buildings on the waterways, both in phase l and phase ll, will be brought down by the state government to enable them to finish their work seamlessly.
“They have assured us that they need 21 days for some of the areas they have opened that are causing gridlock, to be properly fixed, and the drainage crossing Airport Road by Fani Kayode was cast on Saturday and they need about 19 days for that area to be fixed also.
“On Phase 1 of the project, there are a lot of buildings on the waterways and l have called on the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Housing and Works to liaise with the Ministry of Lands to see how those buildings on waterways can be brought down to enable the construction firm have unfettered access to do their work.”
Oborevwori, who also visited the Warri City Stadium, expressed dissatisfaction with the work being done by the contractor, saying he would study the contract to ensure prompt and quality delivery of the project.