As part of its effort to prevent and tackle the incidence of flooding, the Department of Urban Affairs, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has said structures at the flood prone areas and under high tension wire would be removed in the next two weeks.
The Acting Director, Department of Urban Affairs, AMMC, Alhaji Liman Ibrahim, disclosed this in Abuja at the launch of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) flood awareness campaign.
Ibrahim said many of the buildings close to the flood plains have already been identified and marked for demolition and clearing of drainages to allow free flow of water storm.
The one-week sensitisation campaign that would be carried out in all the six area councils may not be unconnected with the recent predictions by the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET), which had warned against another heavy rainy season for this year similar or more that what was experienced in 2012.
Explaining further, the Director said the sensitisation campaign was a wake-up call by all stakeholders to prepare for flood and to adopt measures aimed at preventing, averting and containing flooding incidents.
According to him, “It is a wake-up call on our relevant stakeholders to take proactive measures towards preventing and tackling the incidence of flooding in the FCT. These measures include but not limited to clearance of drainages to allow for free flow of storm water, demolition of illegal structures built on flood as well as early warning system”.
The sensitisation teams include officials from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Fire Service, and Abuja Metropolitan Management Council. Part of the flood prone areas visited includes Dutse Alhaji, Dutse Magaranta, and Kubwa, all in Buhari Area Council.