A former federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission (PCC) for Imo State, Willie Amadi has blamed the administration of ex-governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha for the present flooding being witnessed in Owerri, the state capital.
Amadi, who served as General Manager, Environmental Transformation Commission (ENTRACO) during the administration of Ikedi Ohakim levied the charge in a letter to Henry Ekpe, who lost his property to flooding that occurred on Sunday, August 22.
The former ombudsman noted that apart from Works Layout in Owerri, no other part of the capital city or environs has witnessed the kind of flooding happening at present.
He submitted that Owerri started being pummeled by flood since after Okorocha carried out his haphazard road construction with untrained and non-descript contractors.
According to him, Okorocha’s half-baked contractors closed up manholes and ignored drainages leading to the flooding being witnessed in the capital city at the moment.
Amadi disclosed that he had pointed this anomaly out in writing but was painfully and sadly ignored by those who saw his intervention as an intrusion and meddlesomeness to the Rescue Mission mantra.
The ex-PCC commissioner said; “I hail from Owerri and has lived in Owerri for over 75% of my adult life in Owerri. Apart of the Works Layout Area where late Dr. Odunna lived, Owerri has never witnessed this level of flooding until after former Governor Okorocha embarked on the road construction which did not professionally take into cognizance the technical drawings of the underground drainage architecture of the twin-city master plan including its systematic hybrid analysis and connections of numerous manholes and arteries in some strategic topographical locations particularly the Government House roundabout, Chukwuma Nwoha/MCC Road and the Civil Defence/APC State office slopes along Okigwe road.
“This was inexplicably ignored during his administration’s dualization of internal city roads. These deep manholes were either scrambled, closed up or built upon. I had in writing drawn the attention of the government to this dangerous oversights/alterations by the unknown contractors handling road constructions in the state but my observations, advice and apprehensions were painfully and sadly ignored but was funningly regarded as an intrusive attack to the “Rescue sing song mantra” even as a Federal Commissioner/Ombudsman representing Imo State”.
While urging Ekpe to take heart over his losses, Amadi noted that the situation could still be remedied.
He expressed hope that the underground balloon drainage system being implemented by the present administration of Senator Hope Uzodimma would correct the mistake.