Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has described Barikin Sale, Kpakungu, and other settlements in Minna metropolis as inaccessible and potentially disaster areas whose master plan urgently needs to be redesigned.
He said there has been poor planning and lack of monitoring by officials of the ministry and agencies responsible for the gradual development of the settlements over the years stressing that efforts are been made by his administration to correct the anomalies.
The Governor, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje said “There have been grievous mistakes in the past, but we must start to correct them now. Even though it will be at a very high cost, we must redesign those settlements to make them easily accessible so that infrastructure and other utilities can be provided to the people”.
Bello, who was inspecting some completed and ongoing road projects within Minna metropolis, directed the State Environmental Protection Agency (NISEPA) to immediately commence the evacuation and clearing of drainage channels ahead of the coming rainy season as a proactive measure against flooding.
The Governor expressed displeasure over the way some communities and individuals convert drainages into refuse dumps adding that such practice has, on many occasions, rendered the government’s efforts ineffective in checkmating perennial floodings.
“Communities and individuals are not helping matters by blocking the drainage systems with refuse, such practice must stop. However, we must not wait until it’s too late to clear the drains because the rains will soon be here”.
At the end of the road projects inspection, Bello expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of work but urged the contractor to speed up and ensure that the projects are completed within the shortest possible time.