The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, has donated 50 pieces of cooking camp gas and assorted food items to victims of Trademore estate in Lugbe, along Umaru Musa Yar’adua way who were affected by the recent flood.
The minister who visited the scene of the flood, said the gesture was part of activities to mark Nigeria 60th independence anniversary with affected residents ,with a view to giving them a sense of belonging and hope for a better tomorrow.
Dr Aliyu used the occasion to admonished residents on the need to stay away from building on waterways.
Aliyu who commended residents of the estate for demonstrating maturity and sense of patriotism during the disaster, gave assurance that the administration would approach the Ecological Funds Office for assistance to further cushion the effect of the flood, on the victims.
Her words: “I am here to also appeal to you as much as possible before any intervention from Ecological Funds office or any relevant government agencies to stay clear of waterways…
it is better to be alive. This is not time to trade blame over who construct what on the waterways… We feel your pains…”
The Minister of State for FCT who further explained that the cooperate existence of Nigeria till date was worth celebrating, enjoined Nigerians to celebrate the 60th independence anniversary as a worthwhile celebration.
“Nigeria will be 60 years tomorrow. No matter the situation we find ourselves, October 1 still remains a day to celebrate…Whatever anybody will think of Nigeria, we appeal to you to put the country first. Country first will move us forward”
Earlier, the chairman of Trademore Estate Phase three, (3) Engr. Adewale Adenaike, commended the minister for her prompt response and urged the FCT Administration to address the situation urgently to avert flood reoccurrence in the area.
Mr Adenike called for an urgent intervention of Ecological funds office, even as he pointed out that the ecological problem in the estate was beyond what the Abuja Municipal Area Council can handle.