The Rivers State Government has noted that it is working with relevant agencies to kickoff the process that will check flash flooding in the State.
Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, the State Commissioner for Information and Communications disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt.
The Commissioner charged every individual living and doing business in the State to play their part in line with the programme that would be implemented by the Wike government to address the problem of perennial flooding.
Pastor Nsirim cited instances where residents had turned the drainage systems in Port Harcourt into refuse bins. He scowled at the situation, saying “that it is not what it should be.”
“The present administration under Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is desirous to make Rivers State a destination of choice and that is why the government has embarked on massive infrastructural development in line with its urban renewal programme,” he said.
“So, what is expected of those living and doing business in Rivers State now, is to co-operate with government to ensure that the urban renewal programme and the plan by government to make this state a destination of choice is realised,” he said.
According to the Commissioner, only Governor Wike cannot do it alone. He charged corporate organisations, civil society groups, religious organisations and the media to help educate the public on the need to behave as responsible citizens.
“We believe that if the citizens cooperate with government, as Government is out to ensure that everyone living and doing business in the State does so in a healthy environment, we believe that in the next few days or weeks we will find a solution to this (flooding),” he said.