Bagudu orders construction of waterways to alleviate flooding
The state governor, Atiku Bagudu, gave the directive when he visited some of the areas affected by the flood in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the state government has announced the appointment of its former Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Babale Yauri as Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
This is contained in a statement signed by Muazu Dakingari, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Atiku Bagudu and made to available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi yesterday.
The statement said that the appointment was with immediate effect.
Bagudu said his administration was determined to make a difference as the people had suffered untold hardship to the menace of flood.
He said the emergency waterways would facilitate free passage of the water, adding that the flood was caused by heavy rainfall and the release of water from some external water sources.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that seven local councils – Birnin Kebbi, Bagudo, Argungu, Bunza, Augie, Suru and Dandi were affected by the flood.
The Director, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Chindo Jega, told newsmen that the flood damaged many farmlands.
Jega said the waters damaged crops and residential houses, adding that the agency had assessed the level of damage and submitted its reports to the state government.
He said crops and residential houses were badly damaged in the affected areas, especially in Makera District of Birnin Kebbi local council and some villages in Argungu area.
“The state government was fully committed to the plight of the flood victims as efforts were been made to address the issue,” he said.
Yauri holds a Political Science certificate from the Ahmadu Bello University and a Master’s degree from the Wales University in the U.K. He was also a member of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, near Jos.
Yauri started his career in the old Sokoto State, subsequently rose to the position of director general and also permanent secretary in different ministries before his appointment as head of service in 2014.
While congratulating him on his appointment, Bagudu urged Yauri to be committed and dedicated to his duties by deploying his expertise to the assignment.
Yauri’s announcement as SSG was the only major appointment made by the state government since it came into office in May.