Kebbi State Governor has come out to ask for national drainage architecture to be able to contain perennial flooding across Nigeria.
Abubakar Atiku Bagudu recently revealed that the adoption of a national drainage plan would really checkmate the annual havoc caused by floods.
According to him, the state’s flourishing rice and wheat farms have been submerged by rampaging floods, and thousands of families and communities are still trapped by the floods.
He added that the flooding in Kebbi State is an international disaster and it requires national and corporate response.
His words, “We urgently need fresh water and meals for most families and to be able to evacuate them to safer locations,” the governor said when asked about the plight of the displaced persons.”
“Most of these victims cannot access the remnants of their homes, farms or relatives and have lost their means of livelihood to the flood.”
“What we need most is humanity from all of us to be able to extend the most vital needs to those trapped by the floods.”
“There are farmers who have lost their entire farms and there are those who have been displaced by the flood to the extent that they do not know where to go and what to do next.”
“The flooding in Kebbi State is an international disaster, which requires an urgent national and corporate response to mitigate the loss suffered by the farmers who were at the forefront of rice and wheat production for Nigeria and export.”
“The flooding in Kebbi State remains a significant loss to food production effort by our farmers and we are concerned that this is the worst ever type we have witnessed in the state since the year 2012.
“Although we have moved some of the victims to available spaces in primary schools, mosques and local government areas, we need toilet facilities and medical supplies to prevent the outbreak of epidemic in the camps.
“It is after relocating the victims to safe places that we would be able to assess the integrity of their homes and other public places to determine their suitability for continued use.”