Flooding: Kaduna begins clearance of drainages, waterways

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The Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources says it has started clearing of drainage across the state to avert flooding.

Mr Muazu Yusuf, the Director, made this known in an interview with the newsmen in Kaduna.

According to him, the ministry is taking proactive measures to combat flood disasters, which can destroy lives and property, if waterways are blocked.

He said the project was being handled by Cape Gate Nigeria, the company given the responsibility to evacuate refuse in the state.

Yusuf said the ministry in its rapid mitigation response had also started sensitisation residents on indiscriminate dumping of refuse in waterways.

He said the sensitisation would be carried out in five local government areas prone to flooding as predicted by NIMET.

He said the affected local government areas are Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, and Chikun.

According to him, the Kaduna Environmental Protection Agency (KEPA) has been mandated to enforce and sanction offenders for indiscriminate dumping of refuse and building of illegal structures on waterways.

He therefore urged the public to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse or face appropriate sanction.