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Edo blames Wednesday’s flood on shoddy NDDC job

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[FILE] Godwin Obaseki.<br />Photo: Twitter/GovernorObaseki

Edo State government has sympathised with victims of the flood that wreaked havoc in the state, blaming the devastation on the shoddy job done by contractors of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The Wednesday flood’s impact was felt most at Apostolic Street, Off Sakponba Road, Benin City.

Speaking to journalists after inspecting the affected areas, Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Yakubu Gowon, said: “NDDC did a bad job while asphalting the road in the area, as the manhole that ought to take water out of the area was blocked.

“I call on them to collaborate with the Ministry of Infrastructure to ensure that a good job is done when constructing roads in the state. This will help us to develop the state and the people will enjoy the dividends of democracy.”

Commissioner for Infrastructure, John Inegbedion, who was part of the state government’s delegation, frowned at the shoddy job done by the NDDC contractor, which he said caused the flooding in parts of the state.

“The NDDC engineer in charge of the road constructed at Apostolic Street did a poor engineering job; it was a poor project. The flooding is man-made, as natural waterways and the moat were blocked. Water, naturally, will find its way; hence the destruction we saw on Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have visited the scene of the flooding to take stock of the damage, assuring those adversely affected of relief materials to cushion the impact of the disaster.

Speaking on the destruction of property at Victor Uwaifo Museum along College Road, Gowon expressed concern over the destruction of artefacts and monuments at the museum, which has been listed as one of the sites for the forthcoming National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST).


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