Mr Legor Idagbo, the Commissioner for Works, stated this in Calabar after inspecting the final lap of work on the project.
The Murtala Muhammed highway, Calabar, was closed to traffic recently as the final lap of the project progressed. It was gathered that the project, which was started in 2011, is awaiting inauguration by Governor Liyel Imoke.
Idagbo said the drain was initiated to check the menace of perennial flooding with attendant loss of lives and wanton destruction of property in Calabar.
He said the flood control project would also strengthen the over-stretched channel that was constructed more than 30 years ago.
The commissioner said government conceived the construction of the drain to save the city from the menace of erosion.
“It is in an effort to reduce this disaster that Gov. Liyel Imoke, despite the lean resources of the state, demonstrated courage and political will by mandating my ministry to commence the project,” he said. (NAN)