As the onset of this year’s rainy season approaches, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has cautioned the residents of Jabi District not to block drains through indiscriminate disposal of solid wastes.
A statement by the Information Officer of FEMA, Chiamaka Okeke, said the Director General of FEMA, Dr. Abbas Idriss made the appeal after an assessment of drainages in the Jabi District of the FCT.
Dr. Idriss who was represented by the Deputy Director, Monitoring and Special Duties, Abubakar Dantani Ododa, noted that drainages in the area visited were poorly managed as most of the water passage were blocked by solid waste which makes the environment prone to flooding.
He commended the siting of a well-organized dump site, close to Jabi Park where refuse is neatly burnt.
The FEMA Boss, however, frowned at the situation where wastes removed from drainages are kept beside the drains and eventually end up in the drains when wind or rain comes.
He appealed to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), to immediately take action to clear the drains.
He also appealed to residents to maintain the sanity of the environment to avert a possible outbreak of diseases and flooding in the coming season.