23 September, 2021
The Director General, FCT Emergency Management AGENCY (FEMA), Alh. Idriss Abbas has cleared the air on reasons why the flood ravaged Lokogoma district has not experienced relative flood this current raining season while attention has been rife at Lugbe’s Trade More Estate recently.
The Director General made this clarification today while addressing issues on flood response in Nigeria on Good Morning Nigeria, a live Program on NTA International.
“The thing that is happening at Trade More Estate (in Lugbe) happened at Lokogoma district; Lokogoma built on water ways as well, but at that time we identified the infractions and more than 250 houses were removed immediately”. He said.
In furtherance to ensuring that flooding is completely haulted, the DG confirmed that owners of estates within Lokogoma District teamed up with residents of the area and agreed that nobody will build resident homes, dump refuse or block drainages within the flood plain areas any longer.
Alh. Abbas informed that by so doing, the water ways from Lokogoma district down to Galadimawa district were all expanded with retaining walls being removed. “this paved ways for storm water to flow freely which has brought sanity” in that area.
It may be recalled that recently there was a massive flooding at Trade More Estate where four lives were lost, 166 houses affected in different degrees and 26 cars including an articulated truck submerged and washed away.