FLOOD RAVAGES 900, 000 HECTRES OF FARMLANDS IN NIGER STATE – SSG
About nine hundred thousand of farmlands and thousands of houses were submerged by recent flooding across Niger State.
This was disclosed by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane at the Nigeria Television Authority network live programme “Good Morning Nigeria” with the titled “Flood and Food Security” to mark this year World Food Day in Abuja.
Ahmed Matane further revealed that properties estimated to about four billion naira were also destroyed by the flood.
The SSG explained that the flood flood experienced the State this year was massive and devastating, stressing that government is embarking on measures that will help halt the perennial flooding that is ravaging the State and alleviate the sufferings of the populace.
He stated that government will continue sensitize, educate as well as create awareness to the general public especially communities at the flood prone areas on the dangers of flooding.
Ahmed Matane appealed to the Federal Government to hasten the establishment of Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) with a view of to permanently resettled communities affected by flood and help put an end to the perennial flooding across member States.
The SSG reiterated the State Government’s commitment at tackling environmental challenges across the State.
It would be recalled that the SSG, some members of the State House of Assembly, Mokwa Local Government Chairman and community leaders recently defied the difficult terrains of the communities affected by the flood in Mokwa Local Government Area, where they took time to personally interact with the victims, took assessment and commiserated them.
The Good Morning Nigeria has in attendance Mr. Fred Kafeero, Country Representative, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Engr. Clement Nze, Director General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, Mr. Lanssana Wonneh, Deputy Country Representative, UN Women, Nigeria, Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar, Director Mechanization, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Abdullahi Sule, Nasarawa State Governor who participated via zoom.