Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Borno Govt to Construct 750 Houses for Flood Victims

Gov. Kashim Shetima of Borno said on Monday that government would construct 750 houses for flood victims in Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area of the state.

Shettima stated this while on an assessment visit to communities affected by flooding in the state.

The governor said the houses would be located in Dujji and Kitir-Tiram.

"As a responsible government, it is our duty to assist our people in dire need, we have already mobilised resources to take care of their immediate needs.

"We are embarking on the construction of 750 houses to provide a permanent shelter for them," he said, adding that the houses would be ready for occupation in few weeks.

He said that the government was also in touch with the Federal Government to explore possibilities of further assistance..

"The Director-General of National Emergency Relief Agency (NEMA) has just left for Abuja after seeing the gravity of damage caused by the flood.

"We are also in constant touch with the Federal Government with a view to securing further assistance for the victims," Shettima said.

He said government was also working on plans to provide some cash compensation to some of the victims who lost farm produce to the flood.

"As a people-oriented government, we are trying to see how best we can tackle the problem.

He said government would adopt a holistic approach to ensure that a permanent solution was found to the problem of flooding in the area.

"We are also working on plans to construct channels at the river banks to prevent a re-occurrence of the problem," Shettima said

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the governor also visited some of the temporary camps for the displaced people in the area and assured them of support.

The camps are located in Dujji, Tsangwai, Lumburam, Zanna Umarti and Maskala villages.

Figures released by NEMA indicate that about 5,000 people were displaced by the flood while 7,000 farmlands were also affected.

NAN

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