By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of precautionary measures against disaster especially during the rainy season, the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other stakeholders yesterday commenced intensive assessment of flood prone zones in Lokogoma and other parts of the nation’s capital city.
Our correspondent reports that the multi agency assessment tour of flood situation, is made up of top officials from FEMA, Engineering Services of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Development Control Department, and Facility Maintenance Department; all of the FCT Administration.
To kick off the exercise, the team visited major flood flash points within Lokogoma , Galadimawa Roundabout, EFAB estate, I-Pent 2 and 5 Estate, PeaceCourt Estate, Wuse zone 1, respectively.
Speaking during the tour, the FEMA Director General, Alh. Abbas Idriss, explained that the Team will look at the city critically, with the view to helping ameliorate the seemingly unending flood situation in the city.
Idriss noted that all the relevant FCTA agencies are doing their best to ensure they keep the city safe, as their determination is to see that the they save lives and property in the FCT.
“We don’t want anything that happened last year to happen again this year, we have to take preventive measures instead of waiting until it happens.
“So pro activeness and preparedness are part of the key principles in disaster management. All the stakeholders- we are all here to look at the city critically, with the view to helping ameliorate the situation.
“With this development, by the time we submit our report, the Honourable Minister (FCT), who is very keen about it and desirous of saving lives and property of residents of the FCT, definitely something good will come out of it, “ the FEMA DG stated.
He however, reiterated the need for residents to always abide by early warning in the system.
According to him, “Anytime there is early warning, people should comply, because life has no duplicate, don’t think of your property, think of your life first.”
Similarly, Deputy Director, Engineering services, FCDA, Engineer Richard Dauda, revealed that a short-term measure towards addressing the situation at Galadimawa Roundabout, which is the Ring Road II Junction is already going on there.
He said a lot of construction work has started, and FCDA intends to expand the junction itself and as much as possible put in place components of the interchange, so that they are not easily overflowed.
He adds: “Other construction works that need to be done, to help the situation will prioritize the location, and we hope that before the rainy season, a lot of work would have been achieved that would prevent any negative occurrences.”
On his part, Deputy Director, City Infrastructure, South, Engineer, Musa Yahaya, disclosed that FCTA is now procuring for the physical development of arterial in the area, as part of immediate measures to address the issue of flooding.
He therefore warned that any person that obstructs the waterways will be made to bear the cost of removing such obstructions.