By: Alkali Muhammad Musa, Maiduguri
The General Manager Borno State Urban Planning and Development Board TPL Kaka Mallam Umar has inspected Flooded Communities and water lodged areas in Maiduguri Metropolis, Borno State.
The inspection at the behest of the Governor Babagana Umara Zulum is to access communities with lingering Flooding challenges to Find a long-lasting solution to the menace.
The communities inspected are 505 Housing Estate, Muna Garage, Maduganari, Shuwari I, II, III, Old CBN quarters and Gomari.
Some residents of Maduganari are seen Fleeing their homes.
To Completely eradicate the menace, The General Manager Explained that the governor directed the Nigerian institute of Town planners and Flood Control Committee to come up with a holistic physical development plan of the state.
Adding that the Governor also assured to build an underground infrastructure to enable Free water Flow.
He noted that despite warnings from the government, People are building illegal structures on waterways that are already marked by the Board.
The General Manager observed that there is a need to Expand and deepened the depth of water ways. Adding that there is also a need to link up all retention areas to already existing reservoir as in the case of Shuwari community.
He Assured to submit an interim Report to the Governor based on their assessment for immediate Action.
He further urged all Community leaders to engage residents in Maintaining Existing waterways.
The Chairman Shuwari Development Association, Abubakar Ibn Umar Lauded the Government for their relentless Effort.
He Further Complained that some Houses and roads in their Area are inaccessible because of the Flood. Urging the Government for timely intervention.
On behalf of the Shuwari residents, the Chairman Promised to abide by all regulations of the Board to ensure their Community is Flood-Free.