FERMA, AMAC to launch awareness campaign in flood-prone communities

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


Worried by the recent flood alert in some states across the country by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agencies, NIHSA, the FCT Emergency Management Agency and Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, have entered into partnership to embark on an aggressive campaign that would sensitive the residents of the council on how to avert such menace.

It could be recalled that information earlier available form the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agencies, NIHSA, from its daily monitoring of flood water level of River Niger at Lokoja revealed that water level since 8th July 2019 has exceeded the level recorded in 2012 and 2018 after a comparative analysis of same period.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting with the management staff of the AMAC, in Abuja, Nigeria, the Deputy Director with the FCT Emergency Management Agency, Mrs Florence Wenegieme stated that recent flood incidents in the FCT and greater threats of further occurrence as alerted by flood forecast agencies give serious cause for concern  especially to stakeholders on whose shoulders the responsibility of prevention, response and mitigation lies.

The Deputy Director who expressed concern that residents and communities continue to take sensitization messages against such practices with a pinch of salt added that they will succeed in stemming out public acts that heighten flood risks, half of the challenges pertaining to flooding in the FCT would be solved.

Mrs Wenegieme furthered pointed out that the suspected  Flood areas/communities under AMAC, include communities like Kobi, Galadimawa, Nyanya, Jiwa village, Gwagwa, Tungan Madaki and so on.

She also added that October 13, 2019 which will be International Disasters Awareness Day will be the entire FCT flood disaster awareness day in all the six area councils of the FCT.

Proactive measures

The Chairman, AMAC, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Candido commended the FCT Emergency Management Agency for its aggressive flood awareness campaign across the Area Councils, and also for taking proactive measures to that would mitigate such disasters.

He assured the gathering that the council will consider closely resolutions reached at the sensitization campaign with the view to implementing them in line with the extant government policies.

I say this in reference to recurring flood incidents in some parts of the Federal capital territory, largely due to violations of Town Planning Laws and Land Use Act. Years back and now of recent, the know of rain sometimes turn from blessings to harbor. And often time the harbor cause by rain are man made which sometime ignore advising given by prone agencies in this case like FCT FEMA,” he explained further.

We are always being on their toes, they are always been active and alive, you hear them on radio, watch them on television and they visit communities to let us know what is about to happen but as human being we always turn deaf hear until situation become something else then we begin to look up to God then we begin to blame government,” he added.

On his part, the district head of  Galadimawa, Alhaji Musa Barde who also spoke on behalf of the district heads within the twelve wards of the council, applauds the AMAC Chairman for adhering to the yearning of his people, especially during emergency situation.

The district head also promised on behalf of other districts heads to do their best in reaching out to the locals through creation of awareness and sensitization.