Borno Dep Gov Presents Relief Materials To Flood Disaster Victims In Dikwa

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By; SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri

Flood Disaster Committee led by  the Deputy Governor of Borno State,  Hon Umar Usman Kadafur has presented relief materials to victims of flood disaster in Dikwa town. 

Presenting the relief materials, the Deputy Governor said the items which were  jointly provided by the Borno State Government and North East Development Commission (NEDC) are  meant  to serve as emergency support to the victims of the flood in the area, while stressing that other necessary permanent measures to address the problem of flood in the area would be mapped  out by experts in due course. 

Kadafur  also assured the people that  the state government is ever  ready to address the problem of flooding in the state  while disclosing  that  the committee  has been directed  to visit all the  flood affected areas with a view to assess the situation and proffer lasting solution .

The deputy governor  also led  the committee members and Director General SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo on assessment tour of  the flooded areas,  conducted round  by the Chairman, Dikwa Local Government Council, Hon.   Modu Kunsama.

Kunsama informed them that most of the areas worst affected are farmlands, while  expressing  appreciation with the timely response by the state government to address flooding in the state. 

The deputy governor and his entourage were also at the 81 Division Task Force Battalion Dikwa where the acting Commander, Major Oyemedan said the entire base has been overtaken over by flood, thereby making life very difficult for the soldiers and appealed for urgent solution to address the problem. 

Major Oyemedan also appealed to the state government to consider providing  the military with perimeter fencing of the military formation,   adding that at the moment the area is vulnerable to dangerous animals like snakes and other insects.

However, the deputy governor assured them that the committee will look into the possibility of relocating the military formation in Dikwa  to a better location as well as address all their problems. 

The  team was later at the Emir’s Palace to  pay homage and seek for his blessings, where the Emir of Dikwa, His Royal Highness Mai Ibrahim ibn Umar Ibrahim El kanemi commended the State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum  for setting such a powerful committee to address the problem of flooding in the state and have since swung into action. 

Items presented include 1000 pieces of mats,1000 pieces of blankets and 2000 empty sacks with payloader and excavator as a primary intervention to assist the victims. 

It would be recalled that the  governor  recently assigned the deputy governor to lead the flood disaster committee which was hitherto headed by the former State Attorney General/State Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan who is now APC Borno Central Senatorial Candidate to visit all flood affected areas and came up with recommendations for lasting  solution’s  and assistance  to the  victims.

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