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NOA sensitises residents of flood-prone communities in Gwagwalada

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The National Orientation Agency, NOA, has sensitised the resident of Anguwan Dodo community in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, against a looming flood incidence in the area.

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DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the community is one of the several communities across the country predicted to be at risk of flooding in the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, 2021 Annual Flood Outlook.

Speaking at the Palace of the Dakaci of the community, the NOA Director General, Garba Abari said the campaign was in continuation of the Agency’s yearly nationwide effort to mitigate the risks associated with flooding.

Represented by the agency’s Director, Orientation and Behaviour Modification, Teresa Nnalue, the NOA Boss stressed the need for proper waste disposal, clearing of drainages and relocation from places close to water ways.

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He also advised the community leaders of flood prone areas to take proactive actions to save their communities from the flood.

Responding, the Dakaci, Yahaya Mohammed-Abako, commended NOA for their sensitization program, assuring that his people would adhere to the warning that was given.

Speaking earlier, Florence Wenegieme, Acting Director, Forecasting, Response and Mitigation of the FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, and Evans Chimdiga, Principal Hydrologist of NIHSA, advised that as the rainy season intensifies, Nigerians should strictly use lands close to water ways for farming alone to prevent loss of lives to flooding.

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They also admonished that people desist from moving on flooded roads and use alternative and safer routes instead.

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