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Flash floods: Humanitarian ministry delivers multimillion Naira relief materials to Kebbi

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has delivered food items and other relief materials to victims of Kebbi State flash floods.

She said the Government
presented the multi-million naira worth of relief materials to Kebbi State with the view to cushioning the effects of the torrential rains and inflow of water from neighbouring states which washed away over 20,000 hectares of rice farmlands, penultimate week.
The minister handed over food items including 31 trailer load of Maize, 33 trailer load of Millet and four trailer load of Sorghum to cater to the needs of 272,301 households in Kebbi State on Wednesday.

Farouk in a statement in Abuja commiserated with the government and people of Kebbi state after several hectares of rice farmlands were washed away by floods following torrential rains and inflow of water from neighboring states.
The minister who visited the Dukka bridge which was swept away by the flood, cutting off the community’s link with other villages described the extent of damage as colossal. 

At the presentation of Covid-19 palliatives and flood advocacy materials to the state on Wednesday September 16, 2020, the minister sympathized with the farmers who were said to have lost over 20,000 hectares of rice farmlands  to the floods.

“Let me begin by conveying the sympathy of the Federal Government to the Government and people of Kebbi State over the recent floods that inundated many communities and farmlands. It is sad that in some of these farms, the crops were said to be nearing harvest, thus cutting short the joy of bumper reaping by the expectant farmers who have invested so much resources. The President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari is deeply concerned about the impact of the flood and has since directed the assessment of the situation in Kebbi and other states for necessary support to the affected persons from the Federal Government.

“I am here on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to present to you, assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved as palliative for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the action of movement restriction to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

 “Government is also supporting the communities displaced by the floods with rice, beans, blankets, mosquito nets, insect repellents, roofing sheets, cement, nails and other essential materials needed to put up make- shift shelters for the affected persons”.

The minister however recalled that the Federal Government had also approved and initiated an Emergency Agricultural Intervention in 2018 and flagged off verification of
10, 834 affected farmers in 2019.

She said farm inputs comprising seeds and seedlings, agrochemicals, knapsack sprayers and fertilizers were distributed to target beneficiaries in Birnin Kebbi, Shanga, Gwandu, Bunza, Jega, Aliero, Kalgo, Dandi and Zuru Local Government Areas  to enable them to recover from the losses suffered and urged the state government to activate measures against further damage  by the flood.

Earlier while inspecting the collapsed bridge, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu lamented the massive destruction of rice farms by the floods describing it as unprecedented.

“This flood is coming from the River Niger, from neighboring states like Adamawa, from Rima River, Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger. 

“To my right is our border with Sokoto and it’s all a rice farm on both sides . At the minimum, a 600km plain was destroyed by the flood. This is very unusual because we always pray for flood to help our rice farming but this is extreme because once rice is covered by water for more than three days, it’s gone. The last time we had something like this was in 2012”.

Governor Bagudu pleaded with the minister to donate seedlings to the farmers to resume farming as soon as possible.

“We want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention which started in 2018. The most important support needed now is not even food to eat today. It is that in the next two weeks, they should have seedlings to plant again. We plead that the farmers are supported with high quality seedlings so that they can start planting again”.

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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has asked Nigerians to watch and guard their statements so as to prevent any form of religious war in the country.
This was coming against the backdrop of inflammatory and inciting statements after the Christmas day sermon by fiery Bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese leading to the issuance of a quit notice on the revered Bishop to leave Sokoto State.

NEF in a statement on Wednesday by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed warned that Nigeria should not be subjected to further difficult circumstances capable of imposing fear in the mind of citizens.

Baba-Ahmed who expressed worries about certain disturbing comments in the polity, therefore, warned those spreading explosive and inciting statements to check their ways and desist from such acts.

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The amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act has increased remittances from the sharing contracts into the federation account from $260 million to $2billion annually, senate President Ahmad Lawan has said

He also vowed that the 9th National Assembly this year will conquer the “demons” frustrating the passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in the last fourteen years.

Lawan stated this yesterday while speaking with journalists on his 62 birthday celebration in Abuja.  

He said the patriotic zeal used by the National Assembly in October 2019 to pass an amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act would be deployed for expeditious consideration and passage of the PIB already before it, latest by the end of first quarter of this year.

“PIB is like a demon. People both within and outside the country are ready to work against it as they have been doing for the past fourteen years but the 9th Senate and by extension, 9th National Assembly will defeat the demon with the current bill before both Chambers.

“The patriotic zeal, sheer determination and unity of purpose by all serving senators across party lines to do this latest by the end of first quarter of this year will be deployed on the bill immediately the Senate resumes on 26th of this month the way it did with Deep Offshore Oil Production Sharing Contracts,” he said.

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Apparently piqued by the dangerous dimension in misinterpretation of the Christmas message by Bishop Hassan Kukah to fan the embers of disunity, the Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) has warned Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) to think about the consequences of their utterances.

They also warned other groups and individuals hiding under the Christmas homily of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, to stop the incitment before the danger starts manifesting beyond what they can imagine.

The National youth leader of CNNC, David Kadzai, who spoke in Yola said that it was unfortunate that some agents of violence were turning the Christmas homily of Kukah upside down to serve their selfish purposes.

“If criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is an attack on Islam, it means that Buhari, JNI and other Muslim faithful were attacking Christianity when they were criticising former President Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.

According to the youth leader, Kukah raised issues of nepotism, insecurity and lopsided appointments by Buhari’s administration, but his critics are not defending those allegations, since they have no defence.

“I want those behaving as if they are landlords and other Nigerians are tenants to know that the country belongs to all of us and nobody has monopoly of demeaning other Nigerians hiding under religion,” he maintained.

The group called on other religious leaders in the country to come out and speak on the challenges facing Nigeria as a result of bad governance.

It noted that the country was drifting to dangerous course due to unfocused leadership dominated by people without direction.

“I advise people to stop behaving like King Pharaoh of Egypt that was disrespecting the servants of God that were speaking to him to change from maltreatment of Israelites, but he refused to listen and was disgraced,” Kadzai added.






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