The Sokoto State government has decided to ease the ordeal of residents of flood-prone areas in the state by procuring canoes for them.
See caretaker chairman, Rabah Local Government area, Alhaji Zayyanu Gandi, during inspection of some canoes purchased for distribution to some flood-prone villages in Rabah, Sokoto State on Wednesday, 19th of August.
33 canoes and 20, 000 sandbags were procured in anticipation of massive flood from water released from Lagdo dam in Cameroon. The Caretaker Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Zayyanu Gandi told newsmen in Rabah that N5.3 million was spent on the procurement of the items.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the water from Lagdo dam is anticipated to result in the release of more water from Bakolori and Goronyo dams thereby flooding communities on the water ways. NAN reports that the chairman spoke shortly after a meeting of the enlarged Security Committee of the council which met over the flood threat.
Gandi described the committee’s reports as “very scary and disturbing”, adding that several towns and villages in the eleven wards of the area may be affected by the flood.
“The report showed that no fewer than 2,000 farmlands, 30 kilometres of road may be washed away, while there is a great tendency of losing thousands of houses to the anticipated flooding.
“None of the eleven wards will be spared according to the report; the flood is just around the corner and the time to act is now.
“Some roads have already came under the threat of flood, especially the Rabah-Gandi and Gandi-Dutsanya road,” he said.
He said that the canoes would be distributed to communities most likely to be hit-hard by the flood in the eleven wards of the area, for easy evacuation of people, livestock and farm produce.