Flood wrecks havoc in Yobe, Lawan mourns
By Adekunle Adebayo with Agency Report
No fewer than 300 houses and several farmlands have been destroyed by devastating floods in Ngalda, Yobe, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.
The floods, which followed days of persistent rainfall, also destroyed schools and livestock.
NAN reports that Idi Gubana, the state’s Deputy Governor, who visited the community on Friday, expressed shock at the level of destruction and promised government’s support to the victims.
“The level of destruction is devastating; it is quite unfortunate. Government will provide relief materials to the victims,” Gubana said.
He said that Governor Mai Mala Buni, who is currently in Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage, had directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), to provide food, clothes, mattresses and blankets to the victims.
“The agency will provide 140 bags of rice, 141 blankets, 141 pieces of women wrappers, fives bales of men clothes, mosquito nets, buckets, among others,” he said.
He assured the victims that government would work toward finding a permanent solution to the yearly flood in the area.
“The acting Secretary to the State Government will liaise with the Ministry of Environment and SEMA to work towards relocating people in the affected area to a more secured abode,” he said.
He commended the community for hosting most of the affected families in their houses.
“You have exhibited a good spirit of brotherliness that is worthy of commendation and emulation” he said.
Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commiserated with the Yobe State Government over the devastating flood disaster.
Lawan, who is currently in Saudi Arabia for Hajj sent his message through is his Media Adviser, Ola Awoniyi to the State government.
He also noted earlier ones in other places like Galadimawa in the Federal Capital Territory, which claimed the life of a senior civil servant; and another one in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
Lawan, however, commended the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, for promptly responding to the report of the disaster.
According to him, the Governor directed the State Environmental Management Agency to provide relief materials for the victims.
He urged the relevant agencies of government at the federal level, development partners and other kind-hearted Nigerians to complement government efforts at bringing succour to the affected Nigerians.