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Mixed reactions trail first rain in FCT

Gwagwalada (FCT) – Some residents of Gwagwalada in the FCT on Saturday expressed mixed feelings over the territory’s first rain recorded on Friday night.

Some of the residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the downpour, which lasted for about two hours, was unusual and was likely to herald a hot weather in the territory.

Mr Samuel Lanto, a resident and farmer in the area, said the rain might not be of importance to farmers because “we cannot start planting with it”.

“The rain was not expected, and even if it was, it was not expected to be heavy.

“In the past, the first rain, which is usually preceded by heavy storm, brings heat,” he said

Mr Iyke Husseini, another resident, noted that FCT had not recorded any rain in February in the past six years.

He, however, said that the first rain might not herald a period of heat as widely expected.

“My happiness over the rain was that it has made the environment to be very cool and I must tell you that I enjoyed my sleep very well last night,” he said.

Miss Helen Kalu, another resident, who said the rain came when it was least expected, called for greater commitment to environmental sanitation in the Gwagwalada Area Council.

“Although the rain was heavy, what we have seen in major streets in Gwagwalada is that the drains are blocked,” she said.

Kalu, therefore, urged the area council to ensure that the drainage system was put in proper shape before the rainy season proper. (NAN)


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