In pursuit of a lasting solution to the flood and erosion problem in Benin City, the Oshiomhole administration have commenced implementation of the Benin City Storm Water Masterplan. Construction is ongoing for the Uwelu West/Uwelu East Catchment Area for which the contractors had been mobilized to the tune of N6.0 billion.
The scope of work includes the following:
- Construction of an open concrete canal of about 45 feet wide and 15 feet deep that covers a distance of 7.5 kilometers
- Construction of a network of covered concrete tributary of smaller canals. covering over 7.8 kilometers
- The reclamation and reconstruction of nine intra-city roads, with side-drains, walkways. street lights and lawns.
- Among these roads projects embedded in the contract is the dualization of the Upper Siluko Road, from the Textile Mill Junction through the Teachers. House.
In continuation of the Stormwater Plan Implementation. the govemment has also awarded the contract for the de-flooding of the Okhoro-Upper Lawani Axis. The de-flooding of the Uselu-Ugbowo Axis will be executed through the construction of under-ground conduit at the Traditional Grounds and the Tomline Area, which will discharge water into the Eghosa Grammer School under-ground receptacle. The contract for this has been awarded.
Also awarded is the contract for the construction of an under-ground conduit along the Airport Road. This is going to take care ofthe fiooding on adjoining streets.
As was explained in the Mid-term Report last year, there's still serious challenges with respect to the massive erosion in the Queen Ede area in Benin City, Auchi and Ekpoma. The administration is firming up discussions towards raising additional funding with the World Bank under the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project, which has been approved by Mr. President.