Clearing The Water ways.
By clearing the waterways the window to economic empowerment is opened, however, the nature of clearing the waterway is huge and very expensive and requires State and Federal presence since it flows through two states, Abia and Akwa Ibom respectively. The length of the creek, according to George Webber in 1913, from Isiori port to the Government beach is six miles making it imperative for us to segment it into phases. The first phase is one-kilometer coverage area and will require full-time personnel to clear the water hyacinth.
From our study, however, water hyacinth is a ‘malignant’ enemy which has grown from the bank of the river and blocked passage of canoes. By its nature, it tends to continue to multiply itself rapidly if it is left to survive for even a short while after it has been cut down. Consequently, constant mopping up is required to halt the growth of the weeds. In other words, as part of the current plans to clear the waterway, provision should be made for a Task Force that would be responsible for regular patrol and cutting down of sprouting growths of the water hyacinth.
Some key persons who are conversant with the malignant behaviour of Water Hyacinth in other parts of the world, cautioned that it was better not to commence Clearing of Water Hyacinth (CoWH) if there would be no plans to regularly mop up sprouting growths periodically. it would not be cost effective to embark on clearing the water hyacinth if they are going to be left to grow again over a considerable period of time after the initial clearing as they tended to grow and multiply at geometric rates.
Consequently, from our research, the clearing will be conducted in phases in alliance with permanent administrative staff from the community to regularly patrol the waterway to check the menace of the weed. This strategy, according to experts, is the best-guaranteed method of maintenance and the people will continually benefit the richness of their natural (agricultural, aquatic etc) resources endowed on their land from the dawn of Creation.