Written by Laraba Murey

FCT: Heavy rains destroy property, disrupt graduations

Property, perhaps, worth millions were destroyed weekend, just as social activities like school graduation parties were disrupted following two consecutive downpour in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The rains which started as early as 4am and rained for almost three hours before letting up only to fall strongly from 10:30 am until late into the afternoon.

As a result of the heavy downpour, some schools’ graduation passing prize giving day could not hold as scheduled.

In Karu, a suburb of Abuja Municipal Area Council, most of the schools that penciled their prize giving day rued their decisions as the rains drove pupils and parents into the various classrooms as strong winds blew off the canopies.

At the Redeemer Nursery and Primary School, pupils and parents who had gathered for the event were forced in to various classrooms until late into the afternoon when the rains subsided and eventually stopped.

Also, at the ECWA and Anglican Schools in the same area, pupils and parents were forced to use the main church building unlike outdoor as was planned.

A parent at Redeemer schools, Mrs. Chizoba Okonkwo, told our correspondent that it was ‘overflowing blessings and it did not dampened the mood of the event.”

In Apo mechanic village, the despair was more palpable as most shops were submerged in high waters, while hundreds of commuters were stranded as there were no vehicles including tricycles ‘Keke NAPEP,’ were off the road.

The Abuja Inquirer learnt from eyewitnesses that fences came crumbling down and household items could be seen floating on the high waters while many of the occupants of such buildings expressed fears over reptiles and what their fate will be.

“We are begging the FCT administration to construct proper drainage. You can see what has happened and we don’t know what will happen to us,” one of the flood victims, Mr. Okere, lamented.

At Orozo, cars and other road users could not cross the high floods that had submerged the road and had to wait for hours.

Speaking to one Festus, he said, “this is a terrible experience that we go through every time it rains heavily it becomes difficult to reach our destinations,” pleading with the “government to please come and dualize this road or build  bigger drainages to reduce the gridlock permanently for the residents of Apo mechanic and its environs.”

In June, the administration issued a flood alert, warning residents to be alert as the rains enter its peak period.

The minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Malam Muhammad Musa, made the appeal when he visited to commiserate with people of Karshi after flooding overwhelmed the community.

During that last flood, two people from the neighboring Kokosu Community of Nasarawa State, were confirmed dead in the flood.



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