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Residents of Lokogoma district who were negatively impacted by the
constant flooding incidents have welcomed the planned   removal of
structures constricting the waterways by development control department
as the only way to stop the deadly flooding from taking lives and
destroying property in the area.

The residents made their position known over the weekend during a
tripartite meeting between Fcta officials from the relevant departments,
various estate developers in the district and off-takers (owners of the
buildings).

Director of the department of development control, Tpl mukhtar Galadima
who led the Fcta team for the interface with the residents prior to
expiration of the two-week vacation ultimatum earlier handed them,
expressed delight that the affected residents were willing to comply.

After a tour of the affected areas, Galadima stated that all was set for
the planned removal of all offending structures in the coming week.

He said: “we are here because we promised to go along with the residents & associations. The whole objective is to save lives and properties and we don’t pray for future occurrence of these unfortunate incidents. That’s why we are here this morning discussing
with the residents & associations.

“we moved from estate to estate and where we have  constriction of the
stream corridor, those structures identified, are going to be captured
and as earlier indicated  we are coming back next week for proper
implementation of that (removal)decision.

Reminding them of how far to move away from the waterways, Galadima
said: “this corridor of 20 meters either side of the river is not just
out of the blues. It’s based on standards. At the end of the day, when
this district is fully serviced, you will see this corridor being laid
with cables, pipes for the conveyance of sewer lines, water amongst other
things.

“so, it’s not just that somebody just woke up and said it must be
20/20. It’s based on engineering standards.”

Ayodele Awosika, president of Pengassan estate 1 which is one of the
flood-affected estates said it the planned action by the Fcta was a
a welcome development, adding that “residents of the estate have been
facing severe incidents of flooding due to the constriction of the river
channel.”

According to him, “the level of water within the estate is unusually
very high due to the diversion of the natural course of water flow,
which makes it difficult for most residents within the estate to leave
their houses and go to work whenever it rains.”

another resident and vice chairman, Lokogoma residents & association,
Dauda kya also expressed happiness with the planned removal of houses
built on the waterways.

Dauda who noted that the buildings should not have been allowed to be
erected in the first place, said they were glad that the government has
now come in to clear those structures.

“We have longed for this. That’s what necessitated all our agitations and various discussions with the government. We are happy with this
development,” he said.

Another off-taker, Alhaji Habib Abdulaziz of Blue Millenium estate, also said: “We are very happy with the way the director of development control has been handling us. He has been carrying us along and he has agreed with us that this cannot be a one-sided solution. It has to be a
tripartite solution from the fcta, the off-takers and also from the developers. We are all here on the ground and we are making the rounds together.

“We are looking at the waterway, given our experiences as residents and
they are looking at it from a professional angle and merging all these
things together to see how we can redeem this problem once and for all
because it helps no one if it keeps happening. There are lots of things
that have gone down the drain, but then we are looking toward finding a
a permanent solution to this problem.”

it could be recalled that the directive for the interface was given
following the visit of the residents to the Fcta, where they were
received by the permanent secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, who informed
them that the planned removal of illegal structures in Lokogoma will
certainly, go ahead at the expiration of the two-week notice earlier
given in order to save lives and property.

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