Jovi Usude, a lawyer based in the United States of America, has raised an alarm over the rampant theft of drain covers and the lack of functioning street lights in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Usude noted that the combination of missing drain covers and dimly lit streets creates an unsafe environment for residents and visitors alike.
He called on the new minister of FCT, Barrister Nyesom Wike, to address the issue, noting that it is a serious concern.
”So, I took a walk around Abuja today and was appalled at what I saw. Wike has a big job to do. Almost all the drain covers in Maitama/Wuse 2 have been stolen.
”This poses a huge risk to pedestrians, with most of the street lights not functioning. I recall with horror the story several months ago of a lady who was returning from work and fell into a manhole where the cover was stolen and lost her life.
”Yes, we want change, yes, we want development, but this change and development begins with us. We can’t destroy the infrastructure and expect government to replace it.
”I read about individuals stealing rail tracks. That poses a threat to the safety of the general public. Hundreds of lives could be lost due to a rail derailment when tracks are stolen.
”Can you imagine what would happen if it rains and these drains are covered with water and someone steps in it? That could result in loss of limbs or some sort of permanent damage. We all have to do better.”
Usude’s message has gained traction on social media, serving as a reminder of the interconnectedness between citizens and their cities’ infrastructural development.
The response from local authorities, including Wike, is awaited with anticipation, as their actions will undoubtedly impact the safety and quality of life of those affected by the ongoing challenges.