The Federal Government pledged to support victims of the massive floods in Kebbi State, northwest Nigeria to mitigate the effect of the devastation.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, on Saturday, September 12, promised to support the victims of the disaster during a visit to the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Mera.
Alhaji Nanono, who was accompanied by the State Governor Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, said the Federal Government is aware and concerned with the disaster. He said he was in the state to assess the devastation.
“This is with the view to ascertaining the extent of damages to farmlands, livestock, houses and other infrastructure. We will also go back to Abuja, compile our report and submit the same.
”The Federal Government will come to the aid of the victims, including those who have lost their livestock,” he said.
Nanono urged the farmers to add more efforts in the farming activities and not to be discouraged by the flood. He promised that the Federal Government is ready to support them.
The Minister said both Federal and State Governments are doing their best in contributing towards food security in the country.
On his part, Governor Bagudu said the state was affected by the brunt release of water from the Niger Republic.
“Being on a downward slope, the state received the brunt of the release of water from Goronyo and Bakalori dams upstream and River Niger by authorities of the Republic of Niger,” he said.
Bagudu commended farmers for their resilience as the flood destroyed their farmlands, animals and other resources.
The Governor in a video widely shared on Facebook was visibly interacting with some of the affected farmers, giving instructions to his aides to provide immediate assistance to the victims.
Meanwhile, several indigenes of Kebbi State, as well as well-meaning Nigerians, have contributed money and essential items to support the rural communities affected by the heavy rains which destroyed farmlands, livestock and houses belonging to thousands of residents in Kebbi and parts of the northwest region.