Flood: Niger gov seeks FG’s help, Tambuwal counts losses

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, on Tuesday called on the Federal Government for quick intervention in addressing the various ecological challenges facing several communities in eight of the state’s local government areas.

Niger State Governor, Abubakar-Bello
Niger State Governor, Abubakar-Bello

Bello made the call when he visited some communities ravaged by flood in the Lapai Local Government Area of the state.

He said the financial outlay to tackle ecological challenges was not only enormous but beyond the state, hence the call on the Federal Government for quick intervention.

The affected local government areas included, Lapai, Shiroro, Muyan, Gurara and Bida. Others were Lavun, Wushishi, Mokwa and Borgu.

He noted that these challenges included sub-merging and washing away of houses, public schools, places of worship, farmlands, roads and bridges by flood and deep gully erosion in several communities in the state.

The governor said, “The solution to the ecological devastation is beyond the state government. I have spoken to the President about our challenges and the need for the intervention of the Federal Government. I am still going to reach out to the Federal Government for intervention in tackling future recurrence.”

This development, Bello said, further strengthened the demand for the take-off of the Hydro-electric Power Producing Area Development Commission to provide a holistic solution to the perennial ecological problems facing the state.

The Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Bago Tafida, commended the prompt attention the governor accorded the plight of his people by visiting the affected communities.

Four lives were lost in the Lapai LGA at the weekend after an eight-hour downpour that sacked 23 villages and overran several farmlands.

Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, along with Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, have assessed the damage done by thunderstorm and flood in Tudu village and surrounding communities of the Dange Shuni Local Government Area of the state.

Incessant rain and rising water level had left more than 100 homes destroyed while a toddler was reportedly killed in the village.

Addressing the victims of the disaster, Tambuwal said the government had already sent in emergency supply of relief items to the area.

While praying to God against a recurrence, Tambuwal said efforts were being made to ensure that all the houses to be rebuilt would be strong enough to withstand heavy rains and strong winds.