By Usman Shuaibu
The Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Hon. Adamu Mustapha Danze on Monday visited the victims who were affected by flooding in Giri, Daguri and Anguwan Dodo committies to sympathize with them as the floods destroyed houses and some people were feared killed due to the heavy downpour on Saturday in the area.
Danze warned the residents of Gwagwalada and its environ against building houses on waterways, saying that a committee would be set-up to ascertain the damages caused by flooding.
The Chairman, however, said that a comprehensive report would be written to the authority of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) by the Area Council on how to come to the aid of the affected victims.
However, some of the victims in Dagiri, Mallam Ahmadu, Mr. Suleiman and Mr. Agbo, accused the Council Chairman of failing to visit their houses which were destroyed by water in the community, alleging that the Chairman only visited their party members.
it was observed that commercial activities were brought to a halt, as the flood water submerged most shops in the area, sweeping off goods and other valuables estimated to be worth millions.
It way also observed that vehicular movements along Abuja –Lokoja express road, the new kutunku and park roads axis recorded serious congregations due to the roads being over-flooded with water.
A victim, Joy Iroagwu who is a pastor at the God our Refuge Ministry in Gwagwalada, appealed to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to construct a deep drainage in order to arrest the problem of over-flooding in the area.
Her words: “If the FCT minister comes to Gwagwalada to see what the flood had done to the people, the minister will know what to do. It just requires drainage, deep one because if they do the drainage this water will not cause havoc”
She noted that every year the people lost their belongings and other valuables, urging the FCT Administration to provide the needed relief materials for the victims to alleviate their suffering.
Pastor Iroagwu, however, called on the minister of state for the FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu to put a stop to the flood water in Gwagwalada and its environs.
Another victim, Mr Sani Idrisu, who is a staff of the University of Abuja, appealed to the FCT administration to assist the victims with relief materials.
Idrisu begged the FCT Administration to set up a committee to ascertain the damages caused by the flood in the area in order to know how to assist the victims. On his reaction, a businessman residing in Anguwan Tiv, Mr Segun Atere, urged the government of the day to provide accommodation for those whose houses were destroyed by water.in the area.
Atere, therefore, noted that about twenty rooms were collapsed in Anguwan Tiv, saying that some of his belongings were taken away by water.
Speaking in the same vein, a farmer in the area, M Adamu Shehu and a businessman, Mr Aliyu Mohammed begged the authority of the FCT Administration to provide relief materials for the affected victims.
Meanwhile, some of the communities affected by the flood included AnguwanBassa, Anguwan Ajara, Anguwan Tiv, Anguwan Gade, Anguwan Dodo, Old Kutunku/new Kutunku, Dagiri, Zuba and Giri among other communities.