The Director of Administration and Finance, FCT Area Council Service Secretariat (FCT-ACSS), Alhaji Musa AbdulRaheem, says the administration will sensitise communities on the need to prevent disaster in the 2018 rainy season.
AbdulRaheem made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.
According to him, ACSS will embark on community sensitisation to propagate the need for disaster prevention, in oder to ensure a free natural disaster rainy season in 2018.
“The decision is to reduce disaster occurrence across the FCT area councils, while it is also target at reducing pressure on the administration and the secretariat.
“Proper sensitisation of residents in each community will ensure good self hygiene, through disposing of refuse, adhering to the environmental rules as well as the need for healthy living,’’ he said.
He said officers would go to sensitise people, especially as people were now used to disposing off their waste and refuse into the drains, which caused blockage of the water channels.
“We had issues in the past, where the officers were called upon for rescue mission, to bury the dead or to provide relief materials.
“We were shocked last season in Galadimawa when a vehicle plunged into a gully and killed a man with his two kids in an estate due to bad road caused by erosion.
“We will not allow this to occur again and we think what we adopted now is second to none,’’ he added.
He noted that the FCT was currently taking cue from what happened at other areas like Lagos, Kano and Bauchi, where high rate of flood disasters and high government expenditure on rescue mission were recorded.
On places already blocked, he said that the secretariat in collaboration with the Satellite Town Development Department (STDD), whose activities were close to the grassroots, and ensure that the blockages were removed.
“But you and I know that the country is currently having economic challenges and what we are preparing to ensure that the occurrence will be limited.
“And even if at all it happens, the agency responsible is prepared to swing into action having identified the flash points.
“Recently the FEMA FCT, have sent relief materials to the victims of market fire disaster at Bwari area council,’’ he said.
AbdulRaheem assured the residents that plans were on the way to use media jingles in reaching millions of FCT residents through native languages.
On finance, the secretary said that the administration had allocated some reasonable and undisclosed amount for the project, adding that the administration was waiting for 2018 budget approval.(NAN)