Chief Patrick Omeje, the Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area in Enugu State, has warned the residents against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drains.
Omeje gave the warning while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nsukka on Saturday.
He said that it was imperative for the residents to know that the presence of waste in the drains would lead to flooding and erosion in their communities.
“Nsukka residents should have a collective responsibility towards reducing the effect of flood in the area.
“This they must do by ensuring regular clearing of the drains, avoiding dumping of waste in gutters as well stopping erection of illegal structures on water channels.
“We should change the habits that violate our environment as they escalate flooding in our area.
“Together we can protect our environment from flood disaster that will kill our people, destroy property and render many people homeless,” he said.
Omeje assured the residents of his administration’s commitment to constructing more roads with good drainage for free flow of water and to mitigate the effects of flood in the communities.
He said that the council recently began clearing of drains across the university town and other areas, with a view to reducing the effects of flood during this rainy season.
“The council’s environmental team has been creating flood safety awareness from community to community to sensitise the residents on how to be environment-friendly during this rainy season.
“The first priority of my administration is to ensure the protection of lives and property of residents and that’s why the council is always proactive.
“I thank the people of Nsukka LGA for their continued support and cooperation with my administration and I want them to keep it up.
“My promise is that by God’s special grace I will leave Nsukka council better than I met it,” Omeje said