Borno To Produce Physical Development Plan Of Maiduguri City


 *UPPDB assesses flood prone areas, clears drainages, roads

By; SADIQ ABUBAKAR,  Maiduguri

Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State has   directed the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners and Flood Control Committee to come up with a holistic physical development plan for  the state. 

He also pledged to build an underground infrastructure to enable free water flow in the state capital, Maiduguri in an effort to control and manage flooding in the metropolis, which displaces residents annually and destroys property of citizens of the state. 

The General Manager,  Borno State Urban Planning and Development Board  (BSUPDB),  Kaka Mallam Umar  disclosed this while on general inspection of  flooded  and water lodged areas  of  Maiduguri Metropolis.

The inspection which was  on the directive  of the   Governor  Babagana Umara Zulum, is to access areas  with lingering flooding problems with a view  to finding a  lasting solution to the menace.

The areas inspected  include 505 Housing Estate, Muna Garage, Maduganari, Shuwari I, II, III, Old CBN quarters and Gomari, 

The General Manager explained that In an effort to curtail the menace of flood disaster in the state capital, Maiduguri city, new measures have been adopted to ensure proper environmental sanitation through clearance of drainages,  evacuation of refuse dumps  and fumigation.

He  further said  that despite several  warnings from the state government, people are building illegal structures on waterways that are already marked by the Board.

The General Manager noted  that there was the need also for the  to expansion  and deepening of  the depth of water ways in the city  while  pointing out that, there was  also the  need to link up all retention areas to the already existing reservoirs as in the case of areas like  Shuwari community.

Kaka also promised  to submit an interim Report to the Governor based on the board  assessment for immediate action appealing to  the residents of the areas and  all the community leaders to engage their residents in clearance, and  maintenance existing waterways and drainages .

The Chairman Shuwari Development  Association, Abubakar Ibn Umar in an interview with Journalists’ during the inspection tour,applauded the state government for  it’s relentless effort but however complaint  that most of the roads in their area are inaccessible as a result  of  flooding while appealing for timely intervention by the state government. 


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