FEMA harps on the needs for proper disposal of refuse;
As part of efforts to mitigate the impact of flooding in the FCT this season, the FCT Emergency Management Agency FEMA has carried out an assessment of flood prone areas in Kubwa, a satellite town in the Territory.
Leading the monitoring team, Head of Monitoring and Special Duties Division of FEMA, Mr Ododa Dantani Abubakar on behalf of the DG Abbas Idriss stated that though there has been no report of flooding in Kubwa, residents are in the habit of disposing refuse indiscriminately in drainages and culvets thereby blocking the free flow of water.
Mr Ododa noted that this developments is worrisome and could lead to serious outbreak of flooding.
According to Ododa, heavy floods may result in damage of properties and loss of lives, if appropriate measures are not taken immediately.
“The only way we dispose our refuse is through scavengers and the only place to empty these waste is in the mini bridges with the hope that flowing water will wash it away but it’s not always the case” said a resident of Kubwa.
The purpose of these kind of Monitoring assessment by FEMA is to identify the root causes of disasters, proffer solutions by reaching out to the relevant agency to ensure a safe environment for all in the FCT.
CHIAMAKA OLIVIA OKEKE