Flood disaster: Bauchi govt orders opening of blocked drainages
Bauchi State governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir has directed the Ministry of Works to immediately mobilise engineers and liaise with all contractors handling various road projects within the state capital, to as a matter of urgency unblock all major drainages and culverts to allow free flow of water.
The directives according to the spokesperson to the governor, Ladan Salihu was to ensure that the blockage which had resulted in flooding within the Bauchi metropolis was put under immediate control in order to avoid further flooding.
Ladan Salihu in the statement released from Saudi Arabia stated that, “The Executive Governor of Bauchi State Sen. Bala A Mohammed has received full briefing on the most recent flood in the State Capital which has adversely affected some areas”.
“The Governor is deeply saddened by this unfortunate development which has caused devastation to many families.
His Excellency has already directed for the immediate unblocking of the drainages and culverts blocked due to ongoing roads construction within the metropolis “, the statement further contained.
He stated that the action to be taken by the contractors should be part of their social and corporate responsibility to the immediate communities which they are serving.
“The Governor hereby appeals to citizens to assist in combating the flood by de-silting drainages on all roads and avoid piling rubbish by the roadside in order to avoid an escalation of the flooding”, he concluded.
It will be recalled that some areas within the state capital have been facing flood since the beginning of the wet season due to blockage of roads project ongoing within the metropolis a development that has affected many buildings that have been pulled down.