Rescue Jesse from being submerged, Okoro appeals to Okowa
By Victor Igherighe
One of the prominent Chiefs from Idjerhe kingdom, Ethiope West LGA of Delta State, Chief Samuel Okoro, The Ezomo of Idjerhe kingdom, has as a matter of urgency, appealed to the state government to rescue his people from flood danger.
Chief Okoro who is a native of Oyobru-Waterside, Jesse, made this appeal while speaking with our reporter recently. According to him, the recent flood is ravaging the entire Idjerhe kingdom lamenting that many villages including some regions in Jesse town, have been submerged by flood just as the situation was already affecting school activities at his immediate home, Oyobru, because the
teachers said they could not go to teach in such flooded environment. While assuring to provide free accommodation and other welfare package for the teachers posted to his village school at all times on individual capacity provided they are willingly to stay, Chief Okoro also thanked Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State for approving another primary and secondary schools for the Idjerhe people, calling on him to replicate such gesture for the Idjerhe particularly with regard to flood menace.
He specially commended the Commissioner for Environment, Barr. John Obukohwo Nani, for performing creditably well most importantly in facilitating another school to Jesse and called on him also to use his good office tackle flood that is already threatening peace and security of his people.
However, a visit to some of the flooded areas in Jesse, such as Jesse/Idjedaka road linking the Jesse major road, by Uche Supermarket, and Akpaka road respectively, revealed that while some those places are tarred without drainage, others with drainages were flooded because it was not opened to allow free flow of water. Virtually all the drainages in the places visited were seen blocked by refuse and other blockages suspected to have been dumped by people living in such places.
Consequently, the state government, after opening up the blockages in those drainages, should do everything possible to intensify efforts in enforcing the environmental law and should not hesitate to make defaulters face the full weight of the law particularly those deliberately dumping refuse into the drainage and natural water ways.