The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) unblocked a slip at the Galadimawa Interchange on Thursday, after four months of diversion to ensure the safety of lives and property during the rainy season.
FEMA Acting Director of Forecast, Response and Mitigation, Ms. Florence Wenegieme, while unblocking the highway, explained that the mitigation measure had saved lives and property of FCT residents.
She said the agency decided to unblock the road after the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) predicted that the rains inside the FCT had ended this year and “we are now in the dry season”.
Wenegieme, however, said it was just a NiMET prediction, adding that residents shouldn’t assume the agency said it wouldn’t rain again this year.
” You will remember that some years ago we always had serious flooding in this place and we lost several lives here.
“That is why since 2020 we decided to be blocking this road every year during the rainy season, especially when the rains become very heavy.
“So today we are here to unlock the access road from Games Village that leads to the Galadimawa Interchange, popularly known as the Galadimawa Roundabout.
“The road was blocked during the last four months due to the onshore rains that occurred this year. After the rainy season, it is correct to unlock the road.
“And because of these unique mitigation measures that we took, we didn’t lose a single life at this location this year,” he said.
Wenegieme said that in addition to blocking the highway, the agency put additional mitigating measures throughout the FCT to ensure the safety of lives and property.
He said FCT minister Malam Muhammad Bello instructed the agency to ensure that all obstructions in the waterways were removed.
“These were part of the mitigation measures implemented.
“That’s why for the last three years, we didn’t record a single loss of life, especially this year, nothing happened in this place and other flood-prone places in the territory,” he said.
Similarly, Wenegiemem led a team of agency officials, local volunteer divers and vanguards to open another road that was blocked at the peak of the rainy season in Dogon Gada in Lokogoma district.
He explained that prior to the agency’s intervention, several lives were lost in the area due to flash flooding.
The director used the outlet to call on FCT residents to be safety-conscious as the dry season begins.
In response, the Head of Dogo Gada Community, Mr. Kanpani Irimiya, thanked the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the agency for the preventive measures put in place to save lives and property in the area.
Source Credit: NAN