By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Mohammed Abubakar has directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assess the number of houses and schools affected by a recent windstorm which destroyed schools and hundreds of houses and claimed three lives in eleven villages of Duguri district in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state.
According to a press statement by his press secretary, Malam Abubakar Al-Sadique on Wednesday, the governor said his administration will work out modalities for assisting the affected communities to pick up life after the destruction suffered.
The governor, who gave the directive on Tuesday when he paid a sympathy visit to the affected communities commended youth in the area for embracing agriculture as means of earning a living, saying his administration will continue to pay priority attention to agriculture, solid mineral mining and tourism sectors of the economy.
On infrastructural development in the state, Abubakar expressed disappointment that the Alkaleri-Futuk road, constructed by the past administration had virtually collapsed just three years after the construction, as against ten to fifteen years in the life of a standard road construction.
He explained that contract for the construction of culverts on the road has been awarded to a reputable company in order to facilitate the movement of equipment to oil prospecting sites.
The governor who was conferred with the traditional title of Jakadan Duguri by the district head of Duguri, Alhaji Ibrahim Y. M. Baba, revealed that his administration is also pursuing the establishment of petroleum training institute in the local government area, which request has already been presented to the minister of petroleum.