Permanent secretary of the Delta state ministry of environment, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji, has expressed satisfaction with the level of work done at the canals of Anwai River and desilting of Orogodo and Iyekpe river, all in Oshimili South, Ika South and Ika North east local government areas of Delta state.
Dr. (Mrs) Oseji made the remark when she led directors and senior staff of the ministry on inspection tour of the canals and forest reserves in the three local government areas of the state.
Among the directors in the permanent secretary’s entourage were Emmanuel Bazum, Director of Environmental Conservation; Robert Igbesoko, Assistant Director (PRS); Ehwarieme Augustine, Auditor, Iteyere Pius of Ecology department, and others
The inspection team led by the Permanent Secretary wàs on inspection and assessment of the canal project, desilting projects at Orogodo and Iyekpe river in Agbor and forest reserves at Ogwashi Uku in Aniocha South.
The team first stopped at Anwai River where it discovered that a portion of the river had collapsed and a fish farmer built a makeshift wall to protect his fish farm from caving into the river.
The team which made a stop over at the Iyabi and Asaba/Agbor road, close to the airport, expressed satisfaction with the job as the river which was seen flowing freely and the level of flood reduced.
While the river was flowing freely, it was, however, observed that there would be need for desilting to be done in order to evacuate the silts building up on both river banks
In a similar vein, the visiting team observed that there was a lot of pet bottles flowing freely and grasses growing on both banks of the Orogodo and Iyekpe rivers both in Ika South and Ika North east local government area of the state.
Following observation of grasses growing on Iyekpe river, the team suggested regular desilting of both Orogodo and Iyekpe rivers to prevent grasses and weeds taking over the river banks.
The permanent secretary’s led team also visited the forest reserves at Olloh Ogwashi Uku in Aniocha South local government area where it inspected the nursery forest reserve project where it recommend regular visitation of forest reserves by staff of the department.