Flood washes away government documents in Plateau

Jonah Jang

Staff of the Information Ministry salvaged some documents from the flood.

The Wednesday flood in Jos, the Plateau State capital, that distorted free flow of traffic in many parts of the state capital has affected the Ministry of Information and Communication, and washed away vital documents of the ministry, officials have said.

A senior staff in the ministry, Ladi Emmanuel, told PREMIUM TIMES that clerical staffers of the ministry spent productive hours of Thursday to salvage documents that were not washed away by the rains.

The Plateau State Information Ministry was moved from the state secretariat two years ago to a location near a water channel, following renovations ongoing at the state secretariat.

Ms. Emmanuel stressed that most staff of the ministry resumed work Thursday to discover that the flood had taken over their offices. She said “most staff spent their time in re-arranging infrastructure in their offices,” adding that some documents could not be found. Other staff also made similar statements.

Telephone calls to the Commissioner in charge of the Ministry, Yiljap Abraham, to ascertain the level of damage caused by the flood, were unanswered as at the time of filing this report.

The flood had prevented free flow of vehicular movement for hours on Wednesday, particularly along Nasco Group of Companies, Yakubu Gowon Way, the only route leading motorist out of the Jos.

No life was reported lost from the flood.


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