The Federal Government through its relevant agencies has been called upon to as a matter of urgency come to the aid of Bauchi state Government to enable it resettle thousands of its citizens who were affected by flooding across the state as contained in a press release from the office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bauchi state, Ishola Michael Adeyemi..
According to the release, speaking while inspecting the extent of damage caused by the overflowing of River Dindima in Alkaleri and Kirfi LGA Wednesday, Bauchi State Governor, IsaYuguda lamented that all efforts to dam the river has proved abortive due to lack of commitment from the Federal Government since independence of the country when study was made to construct a multipurpose dam in the rivers.
A visibly shaken Isa Yuguda further lamented that every year colossal lost is made of lives and properties through the flooding suggesting that efforts must be made to find a lasting solution to the problem pointing out however that the issue is a collaborative one.
At Papa village where farm lands and houses were submerged by the flood from the river, the Governor assured that his administration will look into the disaster and see how it can assist the affected people in order to alleviate the sufferings they will face with the complete destruction of their means of livelihood calling on them however to see it as act of God and should accept it in good faith.
Also while inspecting the extent of damage caused by an earth dam in Chieledi, headquarters of Kirfi LGA, Isa Yuguda sympathized with the affected people and directed that they be moved to a temporary place until a permanent place to relocate them to be found.
He however appealed to the people particularly farmers and herdsmen to move away from all channels of the rivers in order to minimize the devastating effects of the flooding when it comes pointing out that it is a natural thing that cannot be stopped but control for minimum negative effect.
While conducting the Governor round the affected areas, the Deputy Chairman of Kirfi LGA, Barau Sule Beni said that many villages in the nine wards of the area were submerged thereby making life difficult for the inhabitants who are mostly farmers and herdsmen staying along the river Dindima.
The Council Chairman added that they have never expired this in the history of the area the more reason why they are now calling for urgent steps to assist the people before the situation becomes out of control as it is certain that hunger will set in having lost all their farms and the produce.