The Emir of Gumi, in Zamfara, Justice Lawal Hassan, has said that over 100 houses have been been destroyed by flood on Sunday in Gumi Local Government Area of the state.
The Emir made the disclosure on Monday in Gumi, when he led state government officials to assess the level of damages caused by the flood.
Hassan said that two bridges linking various communities with Gumi town also collapsed.
“We are pleading to the state government to come to our assistance.
“As you can see, the bridge linking Bardoki and Gayari communities with Gumi has collapsed, another one at Gwalli also collapsed, various villages are now cut off with Gumi town.
“We are pleading to government to come to our assistance, so as to save our communities as they are cut off from other towns of the state “, the emir said.
He cautioned residents against building on waterways and said government should take measures to stop the trend.
“I think government at all levels, stakeholders should focus on enlightenment campaign on communities to avoid building on waterways”, he added.
The Special Adviser to Governor Bello Matawalle on Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Fa’ika Ahmad, said the government was deeply concerned about the incident.
“It is very unfortunate that the flood rendered various households homeless.
“I led the state government team to Gumi to symphatise with the flood victims and assess the level of damage caused by the disaster.
“We brought over five trucks of palliative comprising assorted grains and other essential goods to be distributed to the beneficiaries especially the flood victims.
“Other beneficiaries of the gesture comprise the IDPs, Persons with Disability and other categories of the needy”, she said.
The special adviser said that the items were donated by the Federal and Zamfara govenments.
The Caretaker Chairman of Gumi Local Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Ibrahim, commended the government for the timely donation and assured judicious distribution of the items to the flood victims.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
Zamfara APC: Sen. Marafa’s loyalists react to expulsion of Sirajo Garba, 125 others
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) faction in Zamfara, under Sen. Kabiru Marafa, has reacted to the expulsion of Sirajo Garba and 125 other members from the party, describing it as illegal.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that a seven-man Disciplinary Committee set up by APC leadership in the state under Lawal Liman, on Thursday, announced the expulsion of Sirajo Garba and 125 others for allegedly violating the directive of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
Garba is the State Chairman of the Sen. Marafa’s APC faction.
Speaking at a press conference in Gusau on Saturday, the State Publicity Secretary of the faction, Bello Bakyasuwa, claimed that Abdul’aziz Yari loyalists had no legal rights to expel any member from the party.
He accused the national leadership of the party under Gov. Maimala Buni of bias and supporting Yari’s faction, saying that it would not yield positive results for the party in the state.
“We consider Buni a man of integrity based on his records but with the recent development and what we are seeing now, we are starting to lose hope in his leadership.
“The APC crisis in Zamfara is the first issue that is supposed to be treated by the Buni led committee immediately after its emergence, but due to sentiments it’s now supporting Yari’s camp,” he said.
Bakyasuwa further claims that, even the said letter for the setting up the seven-man disciplinary committee by the national secretariat to Yari’s camp, is considered baseless by their faction.
“Because as a faction of the party in the state, we were not communicated to by the national leadership regarding the formation of any disciplinary committee.
“We have not received any documents either from the national secretariat or from our sister faction in the state in that regard.
“The national secretariat of the party recently issued statements, dissociating itself from giving directives to the state APC under Abdul’aziz Yari to sanction any member of the party.
“We urge the national leadership to disregard any issue of expelling our members from the party.
“We also urge them to have the APC in mind and not to support anything that will end up destroying the party in the state.
“If the situation continues like this, the crisis may affect the APC in the upcoming Bakura State Assembly by-election.
“We aspire to see that the crisis is over so as to reunite again and work together for the progress of the party. We, Sen. Marafa’s loyalists are law abiding citizens, we are open for sincere and purposeful dialogue,” he said.
He urged their supporters to remain calm, saying that the faction had already written a petition to the APC national leadership over the issue.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Rivers: NEMA engages stakeholders on flooding challenge
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Saturday, engaged critical stakeholders in Rivers on the level of preparedness to mitigate the effects of flooding in 2020.
Mrs Fatima Kasim, Deputy Director of NEMAwho said at the occasion in Port Harcourt that the engagement was to follow-up strategic measures the state government had put in place to mitigate the effects of flood.
Kasim stated that NEMA, had on June, 2020, sent letters to all the states on the need to put in place measures in place to forestall the effects of the predicted flooding in 2020.
“So, we came to follow-up the update and also collate update in areas that have been flooded and respond the challenges of the state if any.
“I can confirm that flood has already affected some communities in Abua/Odual, Ahoada-East, Ahoada-West, Degema and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGAs of the state.
“The South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA is making arrangements for assessment visits to the affected areas,” she said.
According to Kasim, disaster has three levels of management, starting with the local government, state and the federal.
“It is when the disaster overwhelms the LGA that the state intervenes, and when it overwhelms the state, the federal comes in.
“The synergy between the federal and state governments is good as they are collaborating to achieve the desired result,”she added.
The NEMA deputy director advised stakeholders, including communities on the need to continue to prepare, saying, “it is not over until it is over” and also put in place measures to reduce its impact.
“For instance, waste should be properly disposed and not be dropped in drains and canals to avoid stopping the flow of water.
“People need to start engaging themselves on what they need to do before the flood catches up with them.
“People should begin to identify where they will move and adhere to early warning alert. They shouldn’t wait till they see the flood before leaving,” the deputy director warned.
Kasim, who is the Team Lead for the Advocacy visit to Rivers, assured the affected communities that palliatives would be made available to them as soon as possible .
The South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Walson Brandon, stated that NEMA was always prepared for emergency management and that the foreseeable challenges of the 2020 flood would not be an exception.
“The emergency management circle starts with prevention, preparedness, response and rehabilitation, and we started sensitisation long ago.
“Today’s programme is to sensitise more people for response that the flood is here and how do we respond in case the flood overwhelms us,” he said.
Brandon said that the Rivers government had already designated primary school buildings to be used as IDP Camps should the flood overwhelm the communities.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma
Troops rescue 22 kidnapped victims in Zamfara, Katsina
The Nigerian Army troops of Operation Sahel Sanity fighting banditry and kidnapping in the northwest region have foiled bandits’ attacks and rescued 22 kidnapped victims.
The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions in various operations in Zamfara and Katsina States.
Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Gusau on Friday.
According to him, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru, responded to a distress call on Sept. 13, and folied a planned bandits’ attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara.
This, he said, followed severe shoot out along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw and abandon three motorcycles recovered by the gallant troops.
Onyeuko said on Sept. 12, troops deployed at Dandume in Katsina State rescued two young girls kidnapped by bandits on August 18, adding that the bandits abandoned the victims after a hot pursuit.
He said that on Sept. 17, troops also rescued 8 kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area in Faskari LGA of Katsina.
“Troops on patrol at Chabas Chabas, swiftly rescued a truck driver, 11 women and children, on their way to Batsari Market but blocked by suspected bandits along Shimfida – Gurbi Road in Katsina State,” he said.
The Acting Director added that troops deployed at Forward Operation Base (FOB), Dansadau arrested a suspected bandit named Bello Ibrahim riding a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village.
Onyeuko noted that the troops recovered one Pump Action rifle and three live cartridges from the suspected bandit.
He said: “On Sept. 16, troops deployed in Faskari arrested a suspected bandits’ informant named Isah Indo while spying on troops’ location.
“Following credible information; troops deployed at Yankara arrested a suspected bandits’ collaborator named Idris Isah from Yampa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina, who is engaged in illicit activities with bandits.
“Also on Sept. 16, troops deployed at Magami arrested Yaya Rabiu at Magami checkpoint, the suspect was identified to be a member of a notorious bandit gang.”
According to him, the bandits recently attacked troops location at Ruwandawa-Kwankele village in Gusau LGA of Zamfara.
Onyeuko reiterated commitment of the Nigerian Army to protect lives and property, and urged the people to provide credible information on suspicious movements and persons in their communities.
Edited By: Josephine Obute
COVID-19 FG will support MSMEs with N75bn loan — DG SMEDAN
The Federal Government will support Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with N75 billion survival fund to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
Alhaji Dikko Radda, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), dislosed this during the closing of National Business Skills Development Initiative (NBSDI) in Katsina on Friday.
The SMEDAN boss said that the N75billion survival loan would support 500,000 MSMEs and 333,000 artisans across the country.
He pointed out that the implementation of the N75 billion MSMEs Survival Fund nationwide would help to cushion the negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses.
He explained that NBSDI was designed to provide entrepreneurship skill and empowerment material (equipment) to bridge the capacity gap of the youth.
According to him, the programme is also aimed at enhancing youth engagement in productive ventures, thereby ensuring that they become independent.
“The initiative is designed to ensure that more professional services will be provided by local and well trained young artisans leading to reduction in job losses to immigrants from neighbouring countries.
“It further seeks to pursue a drastic reduction in poverty as most of the our of youths who still rely on stipends from parents are empowered to become self – reliant,” Radda said.
The DG announced that the National Business Development Initiative was being implemented in seven states of the federation.
There are Katsina, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Niger, Lagos, Kwara, Bauchi , Zamfara and Ekiti where a total of 1,397 entrepreneurs will benefit from the programme.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi