Flood Threat Spark Controversy at Trademore Estate Abuja
By Faridat Salifu
The recurring flooding challenges at Trademore Estate in Lugbe, Abuja, have ignited heated debates, with conflicting perspectives on the root causes of the persistent inundation. While climate change is acknowledged for contributing to heightened storm surges and sea level rise, it’s crucial to recognize that the flooding at Trademore Estate results from a blend of factors extending beyond climate change.
The approval process for building plans in Trademore Estate remains unclear, but evident issues with drainage systems and urban planning have significantly contributed to the estate’s flooding problems, despite the land’s natural suitability for water flow.
Concerns from experts and residents about the estate’s vulnerability to flooding, given its location in a natural waterway, have triggered a contentious debate over the responsibility for approving building plans and the looming threat of demolition by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The ongoing discourse revolves around whether Trademore Estate’s flooding woes stem primarily from inadequate urban planning and irresponsible building approvals or are exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. While research highlights the estate’s natural suitability for water flow, questions persist about the decision-making process behind building plan approvals in the area.
The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has issued a restraining order in response to the FCTA’s demolition plans for Trademore Estate, introducing a legal dimension to the ongoing dispute.
The complex situation has spurred discussions on the imperative of sustainable urban development and effective flood management strategies. Calls have been made for a comprehensive approach to address the issue, with suggestions leaning towards canalization to prevent future flooding.
The residents’ plight and the potential estate demolition raise ethical concerns about the actions of government officials, emphasizing the need for a balance between public welfare and individual property rights.
Many landowners and locals question how previous FCT regimes, particularly during Nasir el-Rufai’s tenure, encouraged relocation to the area. This raises discussions about whether it was negligence or overtly malevolent behavior. The displacement of residents from Trademore and nearby areas due to demolitions in other parts of Abuja underscores the necessity for a holistic approach to urban development and flood management.