Posted on December 3, 2020
Secretary of Omoku City Council of Chiefs, Chief Martin Olowu, says improper dredging of the Omoku river by Bedon is responsible to the incessant flooding in Omoku.
Bedon, a dredging company is own by a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly and former commissioner Hon. Elemchukwu Ogbowu.
Sources informed The Tide that the company was awarded contract for the dredging of the Omoku river by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Speaking in a recent telephone interview with The Tide, Chief Olowu said the company did a poor job adding it was only the community experiencing flooding in recent times.
He called on the Niger Delta Development Commission to review the contract with a view to re-awarding it to a competent contractor.
When contracted through a text message, Hon. Ogbowu replied the reporter thus: “please publish it.”
In a reply to another message, he says, “Tell them to go to NDDC for proper state of the job and if we are found wanting, they should go to EFCC period.
“Otherwise, as a company we will fight back.”
Meanwhile, chief Olowu has said thousands of people displaced by flooding in Usomini clan of Ogba Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area are yet to receive relief materials.
He said some of those displaced are homeless as the flood wreaked a lot of havoc in the area.
According to him, the people need rehabilitations from both government and non-governmental agencies to go back to their normal course of life.
By: John Bibor