Kaduna — Vice President Muhammad Namadi Sambo has said that N37 billion has been approved by the Federal Government for the completion of the Gurara water irrigation scheme in Kaduna State.
Similarly, he said a consultant will be appointed to commence the River Kaduna dredging within Kaduna town as part of Federal Government's efforts to reduce flood related disasters in the state.
Architect Sambo, who spoke on Saturday in Kaduna at the meeting of the Kaduna State committee for the distribution of relief materials to victims of the flood disaster, also assured of President Jonathan's commitment towards the welfare of every Nigerian citizen.
He said, aside the N400 million grant for Kaduna State victims of the flood disaster, the government is also providing seeds and other farm inputs that will boost dry season farming in order to augment the lost of farm produce during the flood.
This is just as he said 5000 youths and women are to be employed yearly in Kaduna State under the SURE program, which he said will go a long way in reducing unemployment and its associated problems in the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa commended the commitment of the Federal Government towards the welfare of victims.
He noted that the flood disaster which affected the three senatorial zones in Kaduna State caused a lot of havoc. While commending the government for the N400 million grant to assist the victims in the state, Governor Yakowa said a total of 5,254 persons were affected while property worth hundreds of millions were destroyed.
He therefore appealed to well spirited individuals to assist victims of the flood, particularly those that have been completely displaced from their homes.