Flood: AMAC, FEMA engage district heads, councillors
As part of measures to mitigate flooding, district heads and elected councillors in Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, have been drilled on efficient prevention and flood control aimed at safeguarding lives and property.
Specifically, the community leaders, lawmakers and other stakeholders were comprehensively sensitised on the dangers of flood and how to prevent and respond to it during and after emergency situations.
The sensitization programme was organised by the AMAC in collaboration with FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, for traditional and political leaders, in the wake of the recent flooding in the territory.
Speaking at the occasion, AMAC chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Candido, disclosed that three communities have been identified as flood zones within the council, by FEMA and relevant agencies.
Candido noted that AMAC as a prompt and proactive council, is taken precautionary measures by identifying and sensitising stakeholders in the identified communities as likely flood areas, so as to prevent instead of cure thereafter.
"We were told that we are having heavy rains in August, but we have been further been told that in September, we are going to experience more rains. So if in September we are going to get more rains than August that's traditionally the month of rains, then where are we heading to?
"FEMA will guide AMAC stakeholders to take measures to ensure that the people are not hurt by any natural disaster.
"It's our prayer that God will continue to protect us, but certainly we must first protect ourselves. This is the main reason for this sensitisation campaign, believing in the fact that we learn from the professionals what steps to take; what we are supposed to do, to ensure that we don't experience any dangers in the next months ahead.
"Particularly the representatives of the people such as councilors and traditional rulers should listen to the experts. For us in government, we have delivered our message and we have done the needful, therefore it's expected that we listen to the professionals, so we can be properly guided," he stressed.
Similarly, deputy director, FEMA, Florence Wenegieme, regretted the increasing man-made flooding occurrence, and urged that all hands should be on deck to address the menace.
On his part, the district head of Galadimawa District in Garki Chiefdom, Malam Musa Barde, who spoke on behalf of other stakeholders, described the awareness programme as timely and efficient response towards mitigating flooding in the society.