Birnin Kebbi – The Kebbi Government has directed its Ministry of Works and a private construction company, Habibu Engineering, to construct emergency waterways in areas affected by flood.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu gave the directive when he visited some of the areas affected by the flood in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.
Bagudu said his administration was determined to make a difference on flooding in the state, noting that the people had suffered untold hardship to the menace of flood.
He said the emergency waterways would facilitate free passage of the water, adding that the flood was caused by heavy rainfall and the release of water from some external water sources.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that seven local governments Birnin Kebbi, Bagudo, Argungu, Bunza, Augie, Suru and Dandi, were affected by the flood.
The Director, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Chindo Jega, told newsmen that the flood damaged unquantifiable farmlands.
Jega said the flood damaged crops and residential houses, adding that the agency had assessed the level of damaged and submitted its reports to the state government.
He said crops and residential houses were badly damaged in the affected areas, especially in Makera District of Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area and some villages in Argungu Area.
“The state government was fully committed to the plight of the flood victims as efforts were been made to address the issue headlong,’’ he said.
NAN reports that NEMA on Monday delivered relief materials worth millions of naira to the victims. (NAN)