From: Bamidele Fashube
Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Tuesday said the State would require over N20 billion to fix the impacts of the 2020 flood disaster.
He said N15 billion will be used to construct roads and bridges, washed away by the flood while over N5 billion as intervention to victims, most of which are farmers, as a remedy to mitigate their sufferings.
Tambuwal spoke while receiving a report from the Dr Muhammad Jabbi Kilgori-led special committee on flood disaster management held at the council chamber of Government House, Sokoto.
According to him, the cost implication of the damages to roads and bridges by the flood exclude that of damages done to primary health centres, clinics, dispensaries and other structures.
The committee which was set up four weeks ago was mandated by the state government to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the magnitude and impact of this year’s flooding, to source data on the damages wrought on farmlands and livestock as well as recommend ways forward to assist farmers to mitigate the suffering.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Muhammad Bello, the Governor assured that his administration will implementation the recommendations of the Kilgori Committee by immediately mobilising resources.
Also, the Committee’s Chairman Dr Kilgori, said the committee swung into action after its inauguration by forming a technical team in each of the three senatorial zones in the state.
He said in each of the affected areas the team interacted with community leaders, farmers affected, traditional rulers, and also inspected the flood-affected areas, thus generating comprehensive data on the damages.