From Francis Nansak, Lafia
Climate change over the years and its devastating effect on humans has become a task which any responsive government most not downturn it’s prevalent on notice.
The natural changes the world is witnessing now, leaves no doubt that the eco system is undergoing geometric aggression due to pressure from human activities which ordinarily should be accompanied by substitutes and other means of averting its negative reactions.
However, the administration of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, through its physical planning policies which seek to addressing decay and deplorable infrastructures in the state, since its coming on board, has prioritised some of these major live threatening infrastructural deficits by landscaping the road networks with proper drainages which allow for free floor water within the state capital.
While these efforts by the state government have been a big relief to residence of Lafia, the state capital, like Oliver Twist, some residents of Karu local government area in the state, especailly those in Maraban Gurku, still suffer lack of good drainage system, as recent devastating flood witnessed in the area on Wednesday night, led to immeasurable damages of property with around three person reportedly dead.
It was reported that several houses and property estimated at several millions of naira were destroyed following the flooding that wreaked havoc in the community.
Residents, motorcyclists and other commuters in the area who blamed the incident on the neglect by both the state and local governments, have however, called on Governor Tanko Almakura to urgently commence repair work on rural roads, collapse bridges to remove the untold hardship being encountered in the area.
The residents and motorists, who lamented the hardship facing them following the poor state of the roads, regretted the death of some of the victims as a result of the flood that ravaged the area.
According to them, “the repair of the roads, broken down bridges and culverts would not only avert tragedy such as this whenever there was heavy rain fall, but will assist farmers evacuate their produce to the market.”
Commenting on the incident, Chairman, Calvary Road Residence Development Association, Kabayi, Leonard Ogu, said because of near absence of motorable road, water, health facilities and power supply, life was becoming unbearable as the education of their children is also being hampered, noting that children were always at home during school hours each time its rains heavily.
Ugu stated further that the bad condition of the rural roads and other amenities has continued to affect the residents of the community, who have been spending through communal efforts to build culverts and carry out other repairs works because of the state of the community.
Alhaji Adamu Zohkwai Mikag, a resident of Calvary area of Mararaba, also told our correspondent that “each time there was an issue of this nature, the community will mobilize resources to repair the road” which he claimed they have been doing over the years without government assistance.
The AUTHORITY report that both the state government and the residents have made efforts at addressing situation of flooding in time past but for lack of sustained enforcement and adherences to laws prohibiting dumping of waste along water ways, contributed to the incessant flooding during raining season.
They called on the state urban development agency to redouble their efforts to ensure that the existing canals, gutters and drainages are always cleared from blockages.