The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has declared Trademore Estate, located at Lugbe area of the FCT, Abuja, a disaster area, following a flood that left the area on June 23.
Olusade Adesola, the FCT permanent secretary, made the declaration on Tuesday during an assessment visit to the area.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has said that more than 116 houses were submerged at the estate following a heavy downpour.
“Having seen the extent of the flooding, we hereby declare the Trademore area a disaster zone that needs immediate action to remedy further damages and loss of lives and properties.
“This is part of steps to address the incessant flooding at the Trademore Estate.
“I want to assure residents that adequate steps will be taken to forestall further damages to properties and loss of lives to flooding at the estate.”
Mr Adesola disclosed that a Taskforce on Flood Mitigation in the FCT, composed of heads of relevant agencies of the FCT, would assess the situation and make recommendations for remedial actions.
“The Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) who chairs the taskforce on flood mitigation in the FCT is here.
“The Commissioner of Police and other officials of the FCT, particularly FEMA, Development Control and the Abuja Environmental Protection Board are all here.
“They saw what we saw, and they are now ready to go and evolve solutions that will immediately address the situation,” he said.
Mr Adesola, who expressed shock at the level of flooding at the estate also decried development activities in flood prone areas with serious consequences to lives and properties.
The permanent secretary also expressed sadness at the return of people to the affected properties, few days after the flooding disaster, in spite of the dangers of imminent future incidents.
He vowed that the FCT Administration would not allow the situation to continue.
“We were quite amazed at the level of flooding that occurred at Trademore. More particularly is the risk that people took to build on such a low-level plain.
“While on the road, you will see that even the roof of some of the houses are below the road level, which ab initio made them vulnerable to flooding,” he said.
He assured residents that the FCT Administration would do everything possible within its powers to contain the ugly situation.
He reminded residents of NIMET predictions for more heavy rains.
“This means that damages and casualties are imminent, and we have to prevent this,” he said.
Mr Adesola was accompanied by the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Shehu Hadi; Director Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima; FCT Commissioner of Police, Garba Haruna, and other senior officials of the FCTA.