By Stanley Onyekwere
The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), has intensified adoption of proactive measures to address incessant flooding, so as to prevent loss of lives and property in the nation’s capital city.
The Council noted that the consistent flooding in some parts of Abuja calls for emergency attention from relevant authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
Making this point, Director of Administration and Finance at AMMC, Mallam Suleiman Abdurameed, attributed the flooding situation to blocked drainages and flood plains converted to use by illegal developers.
Abdurameed, who is also overseeing affairs of the Council spoke on Saturday, when he led other directors of relevant agencies and departments to assess the damage caused by flood in some parts of the city.
According to him, the assessment tour will provide the authorities first hand information aimed at taking remedial steps to address the perennial flooding challenges in the city center.
“The essence of this exercise is to go round and appraise the situation of flood and assess the extent of the damage it has caused, and also see some remedial measures we can render to arrest the situation.
“The situation is an emergency situation that deserves an emergency attention also. Some of the problems we discovered were that some of the flood plains have been converted to use by illegal developers.
“We intend to by Monday (today), immediately recover those flood plains because if you block the flood plains and you don’t allow water to pass, naturally water will create its own way, and that is what has caused the damage you have seen.
“And the second problem within the city is the drains; we need to distille them because they are blocked, and they are blocked by these expended plastic materials.
“We have started already and by Monday, we will open up those drains so that water can have easy passage.
“You can see, right now, we are in Area 1, the situation was not the same like the previous day when the whole place was flooded. We have brought machines to drain the water and you can see that the whole place is clear. So we are going to repeat this type of exercise in Jabi, Utako and other parts of the city,” he assured.
He therefore appealed to residents of the Territory to stop dumping refuse on drainages, even as he assured that proactive steps will be taken to address the situation.