Flood Disaster: Gov. Buni seeks FG’s intervention
Story from Sa’adatu MAINA, Damaturu
His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Honourable Mai Mala Buni (Chiroman Gujba) has called for the intervention of the federal government over the devastating flood in some communities of Gujba and Gulani Local government areas of the state.
The Governor made the call when he visited affected communities ravaged by floods in the areas which include Buni Gari, Likdir, Kukuwa, Bularafa, Gumsa, and Dokshi villages, where the Governor said the damage caused by floods this rainy season was unprecedented.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, His Excellency Honourable Idi Barde Gubana (Wazirin Fune), noted that the state had never experienced such kind of devastating flood before.
The Governor commiserated with the victims who lost their houses and farmlands to the flood on Sunday.
He assured the people of the affected communities of government’s support to ease their well-being.
The state government, he said, would offer assistance to minimise the sufferings of the people, assuring that the attention of the relevant agencies was drawn to the road washed away by the flood.
“We are concerned and we have already directed SEMA to adequately compensate the victims so as to cushion the effects of the damage caused by the flood,” he stated.
Conducting the Governor round, the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Mohammad Goje, explained that the incident occurred after a torrential rainfall on Saturday which damaged over 780 farmlands and 620 Houses in Gujba and Gulani Local government areas respectively.
According to him, at the moment the bridge linking Dokshi, Bursari, Bara, Gulani, Tettaba, Njibulwa and Ngurum villages were completely cut off as a result of the heavy downpour.
The executive chairmen of Gujba and Gulani local government areas as well as village heads of the affected communities, expressed gratitude to the governor for the timely visit to see things for himself. The leaders also appealed to government to come to their aid.
Special prayers were offered at Bularafa Jumma’a Mosque led by the special adviser on religious affairs, Ustas Babagana Kyari for Allah to reward the victims with the best and for further accurance of the flood.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied by the Speaker Yobe State House of Assembly, secretary to the state government, Head of service, Honourable members of Gujba and Gulani constituency.
Others were commissioners of home affairs information and culture, humanitarian affairs and disaster management, housing and urban development, higher education, state attorney-general and commissioner for justice transport and energy, head of security agencies were also on the entourage.
Also on the visit to the affected areas were special advisers on political and legislative matters, religious affairs, permanent secretary water resources and general managers of REB and sanitation respectively.