The Argungu Emirate Council in Kebbi and some youths, on Friday resorted to the use of sand-filled bags in block surging floods from the Argungu Matan Fada and Tabarau rivers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that they embarked on the direct labour project in collaboration with the Kebbi State Director Labour Agency (KSDLA).
KSDLA’s Chairman, Alhaji Bello Dantani, told newsmen at the banks of the rivers that their efforts were in line with the directive of Gov. Atiku Bagudu.
The governor had directed the agency to arrest the imminent collapse of the rivers and prevent the floods from submerging the town.
“These rivers, if allowed or left unattended to, can flow over and submerge virtually half of Argungu, if not all the town.
“The flood has caused hazards in villages and settlements like, Alwasa, Felande, Alwasa, Gotomo and Tungar Marina, among others.
“My agency, in collaboration with the Argungu emirate council as well as youths in the area mobilised to salvage the river Tabarau which is about to break its banks and overflow to upland,’’ he said.
Dantani warned motorists, especially heavy trucks against plying Gawo Bridge, which he said “has been largely eroded by water’’.
“We are now waiting for our engineers to finish their assessment and observations,’’ he said.
He, however, said that the bridge would soon be opened for use and assured that victims of the flood would be assisted.
Also, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan, the representative of Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera, said the emirate usually resort to direct labour whenever there was incident of flood.
He also thanked the KSDLA chairman for collaborating with emirate to salvage the situation.
Earlier, the Chairman Argungu Local Government Area, Alhaji Musa Muhammad, promised to cooperate with the state government in salvaging the situation.
“Government buildings are open to everyone who lost his house to flood as we are directed by the governor.
“The governor had directed that those who lost their houses and do not have a place to live should be immediately moved to government buildings such as primary and secondary schools.
“We also assure them of the provision of potable water and toilets, among others,’’ Muhammad said.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Sadiya Hamza