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The dredging/widening/removal of overgrown trees, weeds/grasses on the Anwai River Course has reduced the effect of flood and its impact on the camp 74 fish farm, Asaba. Prior to this exercise, fish farmers in the area lost all their produce arising from the torrential rainfall. This exercise has enhanced free flow of water from the Anwai River to the River Niger and further curbed erosive impact on the fish farms and roads within the Anwai-Asaba environs.
Overtime, the Ministry sensitized and educated all stakeholders on the preparedness of Government to tackle the effect of flood disaster in the State.
During the period under review, the Ministry embarked on sensitization campaign, deratization and fumigation of major markets and dumpsites across the State to curtail the spread of Lassa fever, other pest and vector related diseases. Markets and Dumpsites located at Ibusa, Agbor, Uvwie, Sapele, Kwale, Asaba, Warri, Ughelli and other towns across the State were deratized and fumigated to promote a clean and safe environment for healthy living.
During the period under review, the State Government keyed into World Bank established Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project. The Project is designed to reduce the vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub catchment areas with the aim of focusing on Gully Erosion and Flood Sites that threaten infrastructure and livelihood in the State.
Delta State is among the 21 States in the Federation that has keyed into the Project and has paid five hundred and thirty million naira (530,000.000.00) as counterpart funding. It is worthy to note that the World Bank / Federal Government officials visited the State to verify the 5 proposed prioritized erosion/flood sites. The prioritized sites include: Aghalokpe, Ewulu, Oghara, Otu- Jeremi, Midoma/Iwerebor Erosion Site, Koko, Owanta, Boji-Boji Owa in Ika North East Local Government Area; Obamkpa Erosion Site, Obamkpa; Ukwu-Nzu Erosion Site, Jesse Town, in Ethiope West and Onicha-Uku Erosion Site, Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the State.
At the moment, Consultants have been engaged for been Civil Engineering Designs, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Baseline Studies and Geographical
Information Committees in the Erosion and Flood Sites including the use of Focal
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for sensitization and continuous education of the people on the project. Moreso, final Draft Report has been submitted for the M&E Baseline Studies and GIS Consultancies. In addition, a presentation of Engineering Design Concept has been made on the five (5) sites towards the selection of the best option.
The activities carried out by the Ministry towards meeting the environmental policy objectives are:
On the issue of Climate Change, the Ministry has mapped out the following activities through the Climate Change Department with a view of sustaining a conducive environment for all Deltans: