The recent rain storm in Minna, Niger State would have been more devastating if not for the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) drainage constructed several years ago.
Patmos Media Line reporter learnt that the solid drainages were constructed in the days of Col. David Mark as Sole Administrator in Niger State.
Our reporter said the rain wrecked much havoc in Minna but the drainages the picture you saw on the cover story actually took more volume of water than experienced.
Uprooted tree in Minna
A drive down Shiroro road after the down pour showed great damages that will need government relief.
Wind blew off and destroyed the Furniture lane on the angle and the people were seen recovering the left overs and counting their loses.
A tree that was completely uprooted by the road side fell on a house beside it. A lot of people were seen looking at the damages.
Our reporter said a minister of the Gospel, Rev. Segun Alalade said though the rain was much but good drainage helped the situation.
Reports say the people were apprehensive when heavy rain started again at about 5pm and was still on till 9pm of Saturday when this report was filed.
Patmos media Line had reported that a four hour continuous heavy rain from about 4am to 8am in Minna, the Niger State capital caused collateral damage worth millions of naira on Thursday morning but no live was reported lost.
Along the Shiroro Road, the downpour also destroyed rooftops, and uprooted trees on the road including the two trees in front of the Federal University of Technology, which obstructed vehicular movements.
To ensure free flow of vehicles, men of the state Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC were drafted to the area and tree cutters were busy cutting and clearing the road.
The rain also raked havoc at Niteco, Bay Clinic, Sabon Gari, Centre Mosques areas among others where rooftops were blown away even as carpenters were seen carrying out repairs on them.