4 September 2001

Nigeria: Jigawa Floods: Lawmaker Pleads for Government's Aid

Abuja — The Senate Committee Chairman on Special Projects, Senator Mohammed Alkali, yesterday made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to assist the victims of the flood disaster in Ringim Local Government, Jigawa State last week.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Alkali, representing Jigawa North West, said sending sympathy missions to the disaster area was not enough. He urged the Federal Government to immediately send relief materials such as foodstuff, medication and blankets to the area.

He called on well meaning Nigerians to assist the victims saying Jigawa state and its local governments were financially handicapped.

The Jigawa floods occured on Thursday last week as a result of heavy rainfal causing River Ringim in Ringim Local Government to overflow its banks.

The situation, Alkali said, was aggravated by the overflow of Bagauda Dam, one of the major dams in the area. The ensuing flood vavaged 20 villages.

Alkali said the villagers are either taking refuge in schools in the area or are being accommodated by sympathetic neighbours.

In another development, Alkali commended the Federal Government for the commencement of some of the projects earmarked for his senatorial district in the 2001 budget.

He listed the rural electrification schemes in Jeke town, Cheche in Ringim Local Government, Gugarawa, Medi, Danzomo and Gumel as some of the projects.

He expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for siting federal facilities such as televison sub-station in Gumel.

Alkali said t as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Special Projects, he and other members of his committee would inspect all projects designated special such as the new National Stadium in Abuja.

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