To address flooding in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), FEMA is patnering the Nigerian Society of Engineers,(NSE), Giri Branch to tackle flooding especially at Giri in Gwagwalada Area Council.
Receiving the Executives of the Branch in his office, the Director General of FEMA, Abbas G. Idriss appealed to them to bring their professionalism to bear to bring an end to parennial flooding in the FCT.
He explained that this could be achieved, through proper land use planning, integrating efficient water defence mechanism, appropriate design reducing the vulnerability, quality improvement in construction, provision of sea walls, flood protection structures, drainage systems and earth retention schemes among others.
Alhaji Idriss who described the engineering profession as dynamic, informed that engineers play a vital role in town planning. “Engineering infrastructure is vital in reducing flood risk in a city like the FCT “. He said.
The FEMA boss challenged the NSE not to wait for government, but to report construction infractions within their environment in order to save lives.
According to him, they could channel their reports through the 112 emergency toll free number, FEMA’s website ; www.fema.abj.gov.ng or through the FCTA Citizens Engagement Website and App for proper actions.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Engineer Hamid Abdulkarim said they were in FEMA to inform and invite the Agency to participate in its annual public lecture. He commended FEMA for the job they are doing adding that he was proud to be associated with that kind of foresight which is why they want the partnership.