The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has passionately appealed to the Federal Government to assist the state government with relief materials.
The minister who made this call at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, also expressed fear of a possible outbreak of communicable diseases if urgent steps were not taken to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.
While highlighting the importance of the Lokoja/Abuja expressway as a major link between the north and southern part of the country, Aliyu lamented that significant hours were being wasted on the road due to the heavy traffic gridlock caused by the flood.
She lamented that access to shops and hospitals are by canoes and ferry boats while houses are submerged to the roof-top.
“We fear an outbreak of diseases. We need medical attention. Some have no food or clean drinking water. As it is, from Koton Karfe before the bridge, commuters spend more than 11 hours on that stretch with no food and water.”
The minister while commending the state government’s decision of evacuating persons living along the low plains, called for urgent federal intervention before the flood gets to the upper land as it is already threatening.
Dr Aliyu, who also drew FEC’s attention to the danger the road poses to commuters, however, stated that several trucks could have plunged into the river, but for the insight and expertise of the drivers.
Dr Aliyu appealed for urgent intervention to avoid the looming double tragedy of disease outbreak and possible deaths; adding that the state had so far recorded four casualties.
Report By Remi Johnson,Edited by Grace Namiji