In a bid to end the perennial flooding of the
Ariaria International Market and environs , the
Abia State government has begun the
construction of an underground water channel to
connect the areas to the Ifeobara Basin along the
Faulks Road in Aba.
The flood channel and the rehabilitation of Faulks
Road projects, being handled by the Setraco
Construction Ltd, is meant to take storm water
from Faulks road and adjoining streets as well as
the Ukwa-Mango area to the Ifeobara Basin.
Successive administrations in the state had made
efforts to check the perennial flooding on Faulks
road, the Ukwa Mango area and the Ariaria
International Market, but the problems became
worse with each rainy season.
•Ongoing construction of a channel to link
During the rainy season, traders at the Ariaria
Market usually lament low patronage as
customers stay away due to heavy flooding of the
market and the Ukwa Mngo area.
While flagging off the project, Governor Okezie
Ikpeazu, said, “I know that previous
administrations in state made several attempts to
reconstruct Faulks Road, and the Ukwu Mango
area but they failed because proper attention was
never given to the Ifeobara Basin. But this time,
we have given the work to a competent company
like Setraco. This road is important to us because
of Ariaria International Market.
“Setraco will do a 5.6 kilometres underground
water channel that will take the storm water from
Ifeobara Basin to Aba River.
This is a permanent solution to the problem of
Ukwa-Mango and the flood water along Faulks
Road. Those who built houses and other
structures at Ifeobara basin should remove them
or have the government demolish them.”
When South East Voice visited the area,
construction workers from the Setraco Company
were on site building the channel to link the
Some residents of the area who spoke to South
East Voice commended the state government for
the projects, stressing that if completed as
designed, the problem of flooding on Faulks Road,
Ukwu Mango and the Ariara International Market
would be over, even as it was also observed that
the state government had commenced efforts to
expand the Ifeobara Basin by demolishing
structures built around the area.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Setraco
Construction Company, proved abortive as some
workers on site directed the South East Voice to
the Manager, Mr. Charbel Eid, who could not be
reached on the telephone at the time of filing this