By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A number of 70,867 persons in Bauchi State are to benefit from the Federal Government’s 3, 543. 37 metric tonnes of assorted grains comprising of maize, millet and sorghum as palliative on recent restriction of movement to curtain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The assorted commodity intervention was weekend in Bauchi presented on behalf of the Federal Government by the Minister of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Faruq.
Minister Sadiya Faruq gave the breakdown of the grains intervention as 1, 632.04 Metric tonnes of maize, 205. 66 Metric tonnes of millet and 1,705.67 Metric tonnes of sorghum to cater for 70, 867 affected persons.
She said, “I am here today to on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari; GCFR, present to you, assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved as palliative for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the recent restriction of movement to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic”.
Faruq who noted that Bauchi state known to be one of the major food producers in the country with the citizens engaged in farming activities, however lamented that the annual occurrences of flood have continued to threaten this potential of the state.
She expressed concern that flood has become a recurring experience in Nigeria, recalling that after the 2012 devastating flood, a similar one occurred in 2018 leading to a declaration of disaster emergency in many states of the federation.
The minister attributed the increasing phenomenon to climate change, saying, “It is our responsibility as Government and people to evolve strategies to minimize losses through adherence to warning alerts, early preparation and proper response”.
Minister Sadiya sympathized with the government and people of Bauchi over the recent flood and windstorms that occurred in some parts of the state, saying preliminary report on the incident indicated the need for relief intervention.
She explained that the National Emergency Management Agency has been directed to assess the situation and provide necessary support to the affected persons to cushion the effects of the disaster.
“We all know that the outbreak of the pandemic has brought about changes and challenges to our normal ways of living and it is obvious on the vulnerable persons that depend largely on others for their daily survival”.
Governor Bala Mohammed, represented by his deputy, Senator Baba Tela at the occasion, expressed gratitude to the federal government for the gesture, and assured of equitable distribution of the relief materials to the beneficiaries, explaining that his administration has provided emergency intervention to cushion the effect of the disaster on the victims.
It could be recalled that the recent floods which wreaked havoc in Darazo, Jamaare, Shira and Warji Local Government Areas of the state followed a torrential rain fall that led to the lost lives and properties worth millions of Naira.