People of the Aseyori community in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital in Nigeria, will soon heave a sigh of relief, as the state government has promised to solve to the problem of flooding affecting them through the Ureje River, the Daily Post reports.
According to the Project Coordinator of the National Erosion and Watershed Management Project, Ekiti NEWMAP, Dr. Akinyemi Akinyugha, all water channels leading to the Ureje River will be dredged soon to give room for free flow of water, thus preventing flooding.
“The development objective of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) is to reduce vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub-catchments,” Akinyugha said.
“NEWMAP in Ekiti State is a collaboration between the State Government, Federal Government, and the World Bank to address the menace of gully erosion on a multi-dimensional scale.”
“The Ureje channel is particularly strategic as most of the other rivers within Ado, and even Igede, flows into it.”
Also, the Ekiti State Government had finalised engineering designs for the concrete channelisation of major channels within Ado, including the entire Ureje stretch.