▪︎ warns residents to stay off waterways
As part of activities to mark Nigeria 60th independence anniversary, FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has donated 50 pieces of cooking camp gas, mattresses and assorted food items to victims of Trademore estate in Lugbe area of Abuja Municipal Area Council who were recently ravaged by flood.
The minister who visited the scene of the flood used the occasion to warn residents to stay off waterways, while assuring that the administration would approach the Ecological Funds Office for assistance.
Aliyu commended residents of the estate for demonstrating maturity and sense of patriotism during the disaster, stressing that governance is a collective responsibility.
In her words: “I came this afternoon bearing in mind all that has happened to residents of this estate. Despite my tight schedules, I still finds it pertinent to come here in person to commiserate with you over the loss of life of our brother and the wanton destruction of property.
“I am here to also appeal to you as much as possible before any intervention from Ecological Funds office or any relevant government agencies to stay clear of waterways.
“Certainly, this year’s rain not only in Trademore is very heavy with colossal damage associated with it. This also tells us to appeal to our brothers in this estate and other parts who have constructions along the water-line to move to higher ground for now.
“One, it is better to be alive. This is not time to trade blame over who construct what on the waterways. But we are appealing that if you are along the waterline, you have to move before something else happen to you.
“So, I want to appeal to you that natural disaster does happen without advance notice. It is not within your power or that of government. We feel your pains and we know what it means to lose a life.
“I want to also thank you for your patience and understanding with the government and the situation we find ourselves in.”
The minister took the opportunity of the occasion to task Nigerians to celebrate the 60th independence anniversary of the country, noting that despite the challenges faced by the nation, October 1 was worth celebrating.
According to her, “Nigeria will be 60 years tomorrow. No matter the situation we find ourselves, October 1 still remains a day to celebrate.
“To come of age and to clock diamond age is not an easy task. Whatever anybody will think of Nigeria, we appeal to you to put the country first. Country first will move us forward, but patience and collective responsibility will take us further. Nation building is a collective responsibility.”
The chairman of Trademore Estate Phase 3, Engr Adewale Adenaike, commended the minister for her prompt response to the flood victims, just as he tasked the FCT administration to address the situation urgently before it goes out of hand.
Adenaike also stated that the ecological problem in the estate was beyond the capacity of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, hence the need for the intervention of Ecological Funds office to come to the aid of residents of the estate.