FEMA warns motorists against driving on running water



The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management (FEMA) has warned motorists against driving on running water to avoid endangering their lives as the rainy season is approaching.

The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss gave the advice in an interview with the News of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday .

Idriss said the advice became necessary because in 2020, persons were taken away  running water and they eventually died.

He said that running water could kill faster than anything one could think of, adding that inches of running water could sweep a car away no matter how big was.

“We lost seven lives to in 2020, five were from the same family Geri in Gwagwalada Area Council and were taken away  running water.

“We keep insisting and that is why you will see signposts in strategic places FEMA , telling motorists to avoid driving or walk inside running water because running water kill faster than anything you think of.

“No matter how big your car is, two inches’ water swallow  your car. We advise that people should not drive into running water during the rainy season.

“If you are home and is raining and you are told the road is flooded, stay home to avert tragedy because ’s safer to do that,”  he said.

Idriss, however, cautioned FCT residents against waste disposal, adding that assessment conducted by FEMA revealed that all were human-induced.

“We have witnessed lots of in the FCT in 2020 but all the according to our assessment were human induced , that means we have a lot to do to prevent it if it is human induced flooding.

“The population of the FCT is getting much higher than the resources and the available facilities on ground to handle such emergencies.

“Wastes are always generated and it is expected Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) will evacuate them.

“So we have a lot to do with the residents of FCT; all hands must be on deck to ensure that we do the thing to avoid avoidable floods,” he said.

FEMA boss said that AEPB, Department of Development Control, the Satellite Towns Development Department and all stakeholders had huge roles to play in preventing flood in the territory.

He said response or activities of FEMA would always start where these were able to meet up their responsibilities.

“It is only the point of emergency that FEMA is invited and by the time we come, you will find out that are infractions, shortcoming and violations here and then.

“So we need to be up and doing to ensure that those things do not happen. we cannot do it alone; we don’t even have the resources to do it.

“We have to leverage on the resources of our stakeholders to be able to do what is expected of us, saving lives and property,” Idriss said. (NAN)