Abia government has announced collaborative plans with the World Bank to check the flood ravaging Aba, the commercial centre of the state.
Abia State Coordinator, Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Izuchukwu Onwughara made this known in Aba.
Onwughara said that the World Bank had mapped out some of the flooding sites that posed the highest danger to the city to tackle.
He said Obohia roads such as Uratta axis, Ngwa road and some parts of Port Harcourt road would be tackled in the first phase, while Omuma road and Ohanku road would feature in the second phase.
“We are at very last leg of the preparation of the project in 2019, a lot of consultants came in to do some socioeconomic studies, we did the environmental and social management, we did the resettlement action plan for a project of such magnitude.
“The entire soil investigation has been done; we prepared a design that is of world class standard deploying best practices globally.
“The designs have gone through layers of approval from here to Washington and came out cleared.
“The job is too big so we’ve split it into two units; we will start with Uratta and Umuagbai and this will cover sections of Port Harcourt, Obohia roads and it will be taken down to Ngwa road.
“The advert has been done to pick contractors that will do this project, the valuation of the bids has been concluded and the reports have been forwarded to the World Bank.
“This month, September, we are awaiting their “no objection” response to the report to show it is okay.
“We are using this period to sensitise our people to prepare and get ready for the project.
“Everyone along the corridors of this project have been consulted and we call on everyone to cooperate with us on this,” he said.
Onwughara said that by October the contract for the project would awarded to ensure it took off accordingly.
He called on the residents of Aba to see the project as their own and to give the project handlers their maximum cooperation to ensure its realisation.