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Katsina rainstorm: Federal government to assist affected victims - Buhari

Katsina rainstorm: Federal government to assist affected victims - Buhari

- Victims of rainstorm and windstorm in Katsina state will be assisted by the federal government, President Buhari has said

- He said relevant agencies will carry out assessment and see what intervention and assistance can be rendered

- On his part, the Emir of Katsina commended President Buhari for the concern shown to the affected people

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, June 29 promised that the federal government will assist and support affected victims of rainstorm and windstorm in Katsina state.

The president made the promise after Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina put losses recorded from the incident in the state at N2.3 billion.

Speaking while commiserating with the victims at the Emir of Katsina’s palace, President Buhari said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will carry out assessment of damages recorded from the incident.

He said he was in the state to commiserate with victims of the incident because losses recorded was beyond imagination.

His words: “I am here to commiserate with you over the incident. I was in Bauchi earlier. The incident was beyond man’s imagination. Buildings that were 30, 40, 50 years old, some are still standing but wind entered and blow it up.

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“I went to Azare, most of the occupants of the shops in the market couldn’t rescue common needle. There was a rainstorm and then fire inferno. They go to Kano which is close to them to collect goods, after selling it they go back to pay. Some of them couldn’t rescue a need and only God knows their situation at the moment.

“In fact, the market needs to be reconstructed. And it all (Bauchi and Katsina) happened almost the same time. The relevant agencies will carry out assessment and see what intervention and assistance it can render.”

Speaking earlier, Governor Masari said losses recorded include properties and livestock, adding that the state requires the sum of N200 million to fix roofs of primary and secondary schools affected by the incident.

He said: “We have taking measures to construct culverts and drainage in some villages affected. Where there are no access road to even take interventions to the affected victims, government have taken measures to ensure access to the people because most of the places affected are remote areas where vehicles cannot access.

“The urban and regional planners are also working to ensure that drainage are constructed at the point of commencement of buildings because it will also go a long way to help address this kind of issues particularly flood.

“But what happened were mostly windstorm that cannot be controlled. We experienced a windstorm that we have never experienced in the past. The destruction from the incident was like that of a war front.”

Earlier, the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Kabir Usman commended President Buhari for the concern shown to the people affected by the rainstorm incident across the country. gathered that the affected communities include Kukar-Gesa, Shinkafi ward A and B in Modoji village, Ambassadors’ Quarters, Makera, Company, and Kambarawa. Others include Musawa, Mashi and Yana village in Charanchi local government.

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Meanwhile, the federal government has promised Nigerians that the Second Niger Bridge will be completed by year 2020.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of information and national orientation, gave the assurance on Wednesday, June 27, in Asaba during an inspection tour of the Onitsha-Asaba section of the bridge, adding that funding would not be a challenge as the presidential intervention on infrastructural funding, aimed at ensuring completing critical projects was still in place.

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