The people of Akwa Ibom will soon bid farewell to flood disasters.

This is because the World Bank has earmarked the sum of 32 billion naira to tackling flood in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Dr Iniobong Essien, who disclosed to newsmen on Sunday in Uyo, said that the project would be executed in partnership with the Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP.

He said that the drainage project would be implemented in phases and when completed, it would reduce the incidence of flooding in the state.

“For the IBB Way flood control project, designs have been put in place and the initial cost of 52 billion Naira reduced to about 32 billion Naira.

“Once the drainage is constructed, the number of catchment areas around Atan Offot, Atiku Abubakar, Abak road and the state secretariat complex would be completely de-flooded,” Essien said.

According to Essien, the flooded area would be channeled through a 7.5 km drain to an outfall at Ibesikpo-Asutan local government area.