The Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, has commended the Federal Government’s effort to make Nigeria self reliant and sufficient in food production.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yahaya Sarki, the Governor gave the commendation when he visited flood ravaged areas to assess the situation across Kebbi state.
He annonced that the President would soon summon a meeting of the National Food Security Council and the problem of flood disasters, among others, would be discussed.
He also promised his administration’s commitment to providing urgent intervention.
He thanked the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and Rice Farmers Association in Nigeria, RIFAN for their concern over the flood situation in the State.
The Governor expressed optimism that Nigeria, which according to him, had witnessed similar disasters before , would surmount the problem.
He assured the farmers that, the federal government with its institutions like the CBN and other organisations, would respond to the problem effectively.
” We are responding to disasters and supporting each other, and I believe the FGN, the CBN and other associations will respond to this effectively and timely too,” he added.
The Governor, while consoling the victims, assured them of his government’s intention to assist them.
Governor Bagudu further charged them to cooperate with the authorities, as they temporarily relocate them to a safe place.
He urged them to continue to enrol their children in schools, maintain clean environment, use facemasks to guard against Covid-19.
The Governor also advised the community to organise their youths, to form vigilante services, to boost securty in the area.
Earlier in his remarks, the National President of RIFAN , Aminu Goronyo, while commenting on the situation, said he led the North West State Chapters to Kebbi State, to physically see for themselves the devastating effect of the flood to rice farms.
Dry Season Program
According to Goronyo, they will also pay a courtesy visit to the Governor, as well as to declare the upcoming dry season program 2020 in the state open.
Mr Goronyo described the devastating effect of the flood to rice farms as shocking, saying ” I can say that the devastating effect of the flood to farms is beyond comment.
” I dont think in the most recent time, this kind of flood has happened to this level, the only thing I can say is that, the Almighty God is in control.
” Everything that we have seen is from God and we must thank Him and I know He can replace whatever we lost, with what we can’t even imagine. “
He assured the farmers that, the CBN had sent in its officials from the Development Finance Department, to come to Kebbi and assess the situation, for immefiate action.
He added that the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emiefele, had directed RIFAN to mobilise one million farmers that can quickly produce five million metric tonnes for the dry season commencing in November , 2020, for support.
Chairman of SEMA, Alhaji Sani Dododo, had earlier told the Governor that, apart from the efforts of the agency in the relocation of the victims, relief materials were donated to them.
According to him, they included 20 bags of rice,10 bags millet, 10 bags of guneacorn, 5 bags salt, 30 cartons of macaroni,5 cartons of tomatoes,50 bundles of Shadda, 50 bundles of atampa and 7 jerricans of groundnut oil.
Others were 5 cooking pots, 100 plastic kettles,100 plastic buckets,100 plastic cups, 100 platic plates, 100 mosqutoe nets, 5 cartons of bathing soaps, 100 plastic mats,100 blankets and truckload of firewood.
The District Head of the Area, Alhaji Suleman Mera ( Sarkin Gobir Lailaba), thanked the governor for the quick response of the government.
The Governor was accompanied at the visit by SEMA officials, RIFAN officials, State House of Assembly member representing the area, the Chairmen of Augie,Argungu and Arewa among others
Governor Bagudu had visited Birnin Tudu, Tiggi, Shaharma and Agoda communities in Augie local government, while in Argungu local government also, the governor was at Matan Fada, Bakin Gada, Yeldu among others.
Source: Voice of Nigeria