On Thursday, 6th June, 2019, residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja woke up to a torrential rainfall which resulted in massive flooding in parts of the city.
Very critical of such affected areas is the Lokogoma District where a similar occurrence took place on July, 17, 2017 leading to the death of a man and his two children. The incident elicited grave concern for Abuja residents where upon the then Minister of the FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, immediately directed the FCDA to carry out some emergency palliative work in the affected locations.
In response to the directive, necessary palliative works were undertaken at the point where the sad incident took place, as well as the construction of single lane asphalt paved road at main entry point along the Ring Road II junction leading into Lokogoma. The emergency work was handled by M/S Gilmor Nigeria Ltd.
Already, contract for the permanent solution is being processed for award under the FY2019 FCT Statutory Budget; which was recently passed by the 8th NASS now awaiting assent by Mr. President.
Following the flooding of June 6 an FCDA team led by the Director of Engineering Services, Engr Shehu Hadi Ahmad, as well as the Directors of relevant Departments of Urban & Regional Planning (URP), Engineering Design & Evaluation; Public Buildings and Mass Housing/PPP, visited the Lokogoma environment for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation whereafter, M/S Gilmor Nig. Ltd was requested to further carry out remedial works at affected locations before the advent of heavier rains inthe months ahead.
The team was equally joined by officials from the Development Control Department/AMMC, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) as well as the Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
It is however, pertinent to state that, despite this immediate intervention works, a permanent solution to the flooding menace in Lokogoma is the removal of all illegal and/or encroaching structures erected on water courses in the area. This conclusion was after due consultation with relevant stakeholders; including the Residents’ Association.
This position is contained in the report of the Ministerial Committee which previously undertook an assessment of the causes of the flooding whereupon the study revealed that the flooding is caused by the activities of the Developers of some of the Estates who diverted the natural course of River Kabusa and equally constricted the River Wumba within its environ. This development has substantially narrowed the right of way of the water way and hence resulting to flooding of the area.
While sympathizing with residents of the area over some of the very unfortunate but avoidable occurrences, Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmad however called on all those whose houses are sitting on river courses/water ways, to vacate immediately or face wrath of the law. The FCT Administration has an obligation to protect the lives and properties of all FCT residents.
Accordingly, Engr. Ahmad who represented the FCDA Executive Secretary assured that the FCT Administration will spare no effort in restoring sanity to the Mass Housing Scheme of the Federal Government in the FCT including the removal of all illegaldevelopment.
Richard A. Nduul
Media Assistant to the
Executive Secretary, FCDA.