Naomi Gabriel —
Some Kaduna State residents living in flood-prone areas say they will not relocate as they have no place to go in spite of predicted increase in flooding. One of them, Mrs Anna Okolie, said during a survey on preparedness for predicted flooding, that her family members decided to stay because they had invested a lot in building their house.
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“I am not planning to vacate my home because it is not a rented house; we have invested so much to just abandon it for the sake of flood”, she said.
However, while commending the Kaduna State Government for constructing a bridge that had helped in dredging the river, she said they should find a permanent solution to the persistent flooding problem, instead of asking people to relocate every rainy season.
Another resident, Danladi Ahmed, said with the newly constructed bridge “we will take chances to find out if the flood will affect us this year” .
“Every year, it floods in our area, but by the grace of God, this year, we will have to wait and see what happens,” Ahmed said.