*Governor Inuwa Yahaya pledges action to mitigate effects of erosion
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has provided relief materials to the victims of recent flood disaster in Nafada Local Government headquarters.
This was contained in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli, made available on Thursday August 20, 2020.
Presenting the materials to the victims at the Emir’s palace in Nafada, the Governor said, the gesture was meant to relief the pains the victims were passing through as a result of the displacement and devastation caused by the flood.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, Governor Inuwa Yahaya assured that his administration will continue to carry out programmes and policies that will better the living condition of the people of the state.
He said, a technical team of experts has been directed to study and advise the government on measures to protect the town from being washed away by flood, expressing optimism that a solution shall be proffered towards mitigating effects of the devastation in the area.
Governor Yahaya said while the administration is committed to controlling flood in the state, the communities and individuals should also compliment Government efforts by avoiding waterways while building structures and to imbibe the culture of clearing drainages so as to allow free flow of water.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Rural Development and Cooperatives, Hon.Usman Jahun Biri expressed appreciation to the Governor for the prompt response by visiting the area immediately after the flood and also sending relief materials to the victims.
In his own remarks, the Emir of Nafada, Alhaji Muhammad Dadum Hamza appreciated the concern shown by the Governor to the people of Nafada by dispatching various teams of experts to the community immediately after the flood on an effort towards finding lasting solution to the problem.
He assured the Governor of judicious distribution of the items, and called on his subjects to continue to pray for the government to succeed and for bountiful harvest. The Director Administration and Finance, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mrs Larai Maigari announced the items donated to include the following: Rice (60 bags of 120 kg), Palm oil, (50 jerricans of 25 liters), Maize ( 200 bags of 100 kg) Blankets (300 pieces) Plastic buckets (250) Mats ( 250).
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to the press, including Mallam Daudu Ahmadu, Adama Mama Ila and Dada Shabiki, thanked the Governor for the gesture, saying that the items will go a long way in alleviating their sufferings and providing succour for them.