It’s the raining season and the downpour of rain this year has been on the heavy side. Early this morning, the heavy downpour rain flooded the road that leads to Timber village in Dei-Dei Abuja.
A lot of businessmen and women were stranded and soaked in water as they had to go through a flooded road around Bakusa junction close to the business district in order to get to their places of business and other destinations.
The rain not only flooded the roads, but it also destroyed some properties. Using the opportunity to make quick cash, most bike men in the area charged more than they usually do. A place where they normally charge for 50 naria from point A to B per journey, they charge passengers up to 150 naria, three times the amount.
A man who wanted to remain anonymous spoke to Linda our Hitvibz correspondent who was at the scene and he had this to say:
“Everywhere is flooded, even on the bike the water level was up to my chest, I had to remove my phone from my pocket and hold it with my hands.
It is sad that the bike men are using the opportunity to extort passengers”
The rain season helps to grow the crops on our farm, but it also comes with its share of damages.
The Abuja environmental protection board (AEPB) has time and time again in a disparaging way failed the people outside the main capital territory by not doing enough to resolve the issue of flooding.
Year in Year out towns and communities in the outskirts continue to be flooded not only disrupting lives and damaging homes, business and roads but also impacting the local economy in the most devastating way possible.