Anticipated Heavy Floods; FEMA Reassures Residents on Preparedness.
The FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has again reassured residents of the FCT on it’s preparedness to mitigate the impact of flooding this year.
The Director General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss gave the assurance during a chat with newsmen in Abuja.
Alhaji Idriss explained that the impact of floods due to heavy and persistent rains was minimal this year in the FCT compared with previous years due to our continous enlightenment and public sensitization.
The efforts of the Strategic Monitoring Flood Management and Control task team and strong collaboration with the Stakeholders like NimMet, NEMA, NIHSA FCDA, Security Agencies and many others had also contributed to the success story.
He informed that the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has improved in terms of saving lives & Properties of the Residents from the impact of floods through deliberate steps taken by the Administration.
“We are trying to meet the required target of educating the public using the traditional and social media. We held town hall meetings with traditional rulers, volunteers, divers, Local Emergency Management Committee and critical stakeholders because of the predictions of NIMET & NIHSA and in anticipation of river flooding”.
“Now we can pull down any structure that obstructs the free flow of water.
The owners of such structures will pay the coast of the removal also risk being prosecuted”.
The FEMA DG appealed to residents to take the early warning with all seriousness.
He started that FEMA was educating FCT residents on what they should be doing during the rains, noting that the public was responding positively.
“In the next 3 months, we will still have rains. The rains is expected to cease in Abuja in November”.
Idriss also urged residents to obey environmental laws, the urban and regional planning laws as well as the building codes”.
He enjoined residents to always call the 112 emergency toll free number during an emergency.
Head, Public Affairs.