Following the flood that affected over 116 houses some last week at Trade More Estate, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has declared the Area a disaster zone that needs immediate remedy.
The Permanent Secretary FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola made the declaration when he led senior FCTA officials and heads of security and paramilitary agencies to ascertain the level of damage caused by the flood in Abuja.
Mr Olusade said the FCT Administration would embark on evacuation in the area to prevent further loss of lives and property.
According to him, flooding incident at Trademore Estate was among the issues reviewed at the FCT Monthly Security Committee meeting, to consider the effort that needs to be put in place to mitigate loss of property and casualties from flooding in FCT.
He however added that the FCDA Executive Secretary, who chairs the Taskforce on Flood Mitigation in the FCT, the Commissioner of Police and other officials of the FCTA particularly FEMA, Development Control, AEPB are now ready to find solutions that would immediately address the menace.
His words: “we hereby declare the Trademore Estate area a disaster zone that needs immediate action to remedy further damages and loss of lives and property. So, we will look at a programme of evacuating people from those areas, to ensure that we prevent the loss of lives and property.
“we just visited Trademore to see the developmental challenges occasioned by the nature of the drainage constructed against water across the roads in the area. We have seen the need to look into this urgently.
“We were quite amazed at the level of flooding that occurred there (Trademore Estate). More particularly is the risk that people took – to build on such a low level plain. The taskforce will immediately swing to action to make recommendations on urgent issues or attention that must be given to the area. As we cannot fold our hands and allow the destruction to continue.
“We were amazed that only two days after the flood, people have returned to some of the property. So, in a couple of days, we will be taking appropriate action. Having seen the extent of the flooding.
The Permanent Secretary assured that the FCTA would do everything possible within its power to ensure that such occurrence is properly mitigated, due to the fact that the rain predictions for the year shows that there might still be heavy rains within the year.
Remi Johnson, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Bukky Alabi