The failure of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to properly maintain a sluice serving the Providence and Peters Hall areas resulted in 200 households being affected by flooding earlier today.
Minister of Agriculture, Zulfikar Mustapha responded to the situation promptly in the company of other senior officials and engineers attached to the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA). They visited the area to conduct an assessment at approximately 3:45 am.
While responding to questions regarding what took place, Minister Mustapha explained the door collapsed as a result of the tide and that engineers from the NDIA were currently on site working to address the situation and bring relief to those affected.
“At around 2:00 am this morning, the koker door at Providence collapsed resulting in our officers immediately mobilizing resources to seal the breach. A contractor was also engaged and installed stop logs until a new stainless-steel door is fabricated and installed to replace the damaged wooden door. A pump will also be on site until the new door is installed. Additionally, the stop logs will be operated during the low tide to facilitate gravity drainage to compliment the pump,” Minister Mustapha explained.
The official further explained that the local Regional Democratic Council is responsible for maintaining the structure, adding that it appeared this was not being done regularly.
“The operation and maintenance of this structure fall under the RDC. From my observation, the structure was not being maintained as it should be. I will now have to sit with the NDIA and the other authorities to determine a way forward. We cannot continue like this so the NDIA may have to assist with operating and maintaining this structure as well. We cannot have the lives and wellbeing of our citizens threatened because those in charge are neglecting their responsibilities,” he added.