- President Buhari has sympathised with the people of Kebbi state on the flood disasters
- The flood destroyed farmlands and engendered considerable losses of crops and homes
- He, however, commended the state government for the swift measures put into action to alleviate the hardship of the victims
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, July 28, expressed his sympathy with the people of Kebbi state on the flood disasters that have destroyed farmlands and engendered considerable losses of crops and homes.
According to a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president said he was highly touched by the sheer scale of the losses suffered by the hard-working farmers in the state.
Reacting to the latest outbreak of the natural disaster that has affected a number of states in this year’s rainy season, President Buhari said he was "highly touched by the sheer scale of the losses suffered by our hard working farmers in Kebbi state."
Apart from creating job opportunities and decent incomes for our farmers, President Buhari noted that agriculture plays a key role in the economy of any country.
The President said: "this sad news couldn't have come at a worse time for this administration because of the role of Kebbi state farmers in supporting the government's initiative to promote local rice production as part of efforts to reduce Nigeria's dependence on importation of the commodity.
"This flood disaster represents a setback for the efforts to boost local rice production in the country, for which Kebbi state is playing a leading role."
"When our farmers are hit by these kinds of large scale losses on account of natural disasters, the government should be genuinely concerned, especially as this unfortunate event occurred at a critical time when my administration is pursuing a policy to restore the primacy of agriculture in our national life."
President Buhari urged the affected farmers not to despair, assuring them that they will not be forgotten by the federal government.
He commended the state government led by Senator Abubakar Bagudu for the swift measures put into action to alleviate the hardship of the victims and equally directed emergency federal aid in support.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency predicted localised thunderstorms over the Central states of Kwara, Niger, Abuja, Nassarawa, Jos and Kaduna on Wednesday morning.
NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office (CFO), on Tuesday in Abuja also predicted cloudy conditions over some parts of the region in the morning.
It added that the central states would experience isolated thunderstorms later in the day with day and Night temperatures in the range of 24 to 31 and 11 to 24 degrees celsius respectively.
The agency predicted that Southern states would experience cloudy with chances of isolated rains over Obudu, Ogoja, Ikom, Abakaliki, Enugu, Eket, Calabar and port Harcourt in the morning.
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