The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has called on the Nigerian government to desilt Goronyo and Bakolori dams to forestall and checkmate the problem of perennial flooding that occur in parts of the state.
Currently the dams are congested with a lot of sand and debris; thus limiting their carrying capacity and increasing the chances of their being overwhelmed and overflowing with rainwater.
The Governor made the call when he commiserated with the people of Goronyo and Rabah Local Government Areas over the flood disaster that ravaged the areas.
The villages affected at Goronyo Local Government Area include: Balla, Kagara, Boye Kai, Giyawa, Tsohon Garin Dole among others while Gandi, Rara, Tsamiya and Yar Tsakuwa villages were also affected at Rabah Local Government Area.
Many houses, farmlands, livestock and other infrastructure are among many things lost to the flooding.
Governor Tambuwal also called for the expansion and improvement of Falaliya Irrigation Scheme in Goronyo Local Government Area, to improve food production in the state and the country at large.
The Governor explained that ”his administration is not unaware of their difficulties and hardship.”
”The state government is going to send experts to the areas to assess the level of damages wrought by the flood in terms of infrastructure, schools, farmlands, all public offices and houses as well as animals,” the Governor stated.
He assured the people that the state government would immediately send relief materials to the victims.
Governor Tambuwal said that ”the state government is working on the possibility of establishing a dam at Jiccini village in Rabah Local Government Area which will go along way in preventing future occurrences of flooding.”
The Governor further announced that this year the government would support dry season farming extensively in a such way that all of those who have lost their crops to the flooding would recover.
”The government is working towards this not only because of the incidence of flooding but to reposition the state for agri-business; and to also minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in the economy,” he stressed.
Governor Tambuwal called on people of the area to continue to support the effort of the state government in collaboration with security agencies in restoring peace in some parts of the state.
Source: Voice of Nigeria