Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state has directed the State Emergency Management Agency to take the statistics of farmlands and other property destroyed in Dukku and Nafada local government areas of the state so as to enable the government take appropriate action.
The governor who said this during his tour of the communities devastated by floods in the two local government areas said he had to come by himself to assess the level of damage inflicted on the people by the rainstorm.
Governor Yahaya also directed the agency to report to the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (NEMA), the condition of the bridge at Nafada/Ngalda communities which is almost cut-off due to erosion as a result of recent flooding in the area.
He said he would make sure the situation was addressed immediately while ensuring that the state government takes steps to remedy the situation before federal agencies intervene.
“In the immediate, we have arranged the State Emergency Management Agency and report equally to NEMA to come to the aid of the people,” he said.
On his part, the Emir of Dukku, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Haruna Rashid II, while commending the prompt response of Governor Yahaya to the plight of the flood victims in his emirate, said his visit to see things for himself had provided succour for his people.
Alhaji Rashid also used the opportunity to call on all public-spirited individuals to also assist in bringing succour to the victims of the flood.
“We have also seen some of the interventions immediately. One of the bridges between here and Lafiya that collapse also because of rains has also been quickly repaired by the intervention of the governor. So, we are very grateful for the government of Gombe State, under the able leadership of His Excellency, who has just within a short period visited us,” the Emir of Dukku said.