FARMLANDS, houses and other property have been destroyed and residents rendered homeless by flood in Misau, Giade, Shira, Kirfi and Jama’are local councils of Bauchi State.
Governor Isa Yuguda, who visited the areas worst hit by the flood yesterday, directed that the culverts on the Misau-Hardawa and Zadawa roads be rebuilt before they completely cut off the communities in the areas, thereby putting the people into more suffering in terms of making it difficult for relief materials to be distributed to the residents.
He assured that his administration would do everything humanly and administratively possible to ensure that the recent flood did not disrupt the living of the people affected.
Yuguda directed all the relevant agencies in the state to take urgent steps to repair all damaged roads, including the ones that belong to the Federal Government, in order not to cut off the flood-prone communities.
While going round the affected communities to see things for himself, the governor sympathised with all those who were negatively affected by the flood, assuring them that government will come to their aid immediately and consider the urgent need to resettle them.
At the Arobana Bridge on the Kari-Misau-Kano Federal Highway, Yuguda lamented that four years after his administration worked on the road to salvage it from total collapse, the concerned federal authorities have not refunded the expenses of the state government.
“However, that will not stop us from salvaging it this time again because of our people,” he said.
He directed the Ministry for Rural Development, in conjunction with other relevant agencies, to mobilise to the site and salvage the bridge, saying “this time around, serious technical work must be done in order to do a permanent work. We will not be spending on this same problem every season, hoping that the concerned federal agencies will come to our aid by ensuring that every kobo spent is refunded to enable us do more development jobs for our people.”
At the access road to the General Hospital in Shira, which was also washed away by the flood, Yuguda commended the Ministry of Special Duties for the steps so far taken to reclaim the road, hoping that the intervention will be a permanent solution to the problem.
He also directed that the erosion eating up Doguwa Town in Giade Local Council be checked immediately through re-channeling of the flow of water within the town.
Addressing some of the displayed persons, mostly Fulani herdsmen camped at the Adamami Primary School in Shira Council, the governor urged them to take it as an act of God, which cannot be stopped, considering that they had been living before the disaster.
He assured that until they go back to their various communities, the government would continue to cater for them at the camp.
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