70% of Sokoto farm­ers may not have enough to eat – NEMA

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Imam, Sokoto

Seventy per cent of the farm­ing pop­u­la­tion in Sokoto State may not have enough to eat this year as a re­sult of the re­cent flood dis­as­ter which de­stroyed farm­lands in the state.

Daily Trust gath­ered that 15 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas were af­fected by the dis­as­ter. Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA), Al­haji Sani Sidi, who con­firmed this yesterday, said Sokoto, Kebbi and Ji­gawa states were the most af­fected. Speak­ing dur­ing a cour­tesy call on Gover­nor Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal, he said the flood caused sub­stan­tial dam­age to food and cash crops in the three states.

“It sad­dened my heart to note that about 70 per cent of farm­lands in Sokoto State were af­fected by the flood and since 70 per cent of the pop­u­lace are farm­ers, it means that 70 per cent of the af­fected pop­u­la­tion may not have enough food. This is why I am here; to com­mis­er­ate with the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Sokoto State and to han­dover re­lief ma­te­ri­als to the af­fected per­sons,” he said.

Sidi harped on the need for proac­tive dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion mea­sures, col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­or­di­na­tion of emer­gency re­sponse or­gan­i­sa­tions, early warn­ing and early ac­tion.

Re­spond­ing, Gover­nor Waziri noted that farm­ers in the state suf­fered losses but that they would be en­cour­aged to en­gage in dry sea­son farm­ing to re­cover.

He said the state gov­ern­ment has al­ready pur­chased seeds and other in­puts which would be dis­trib­uted to farm­ers in ad­di­tion to other forms of as­sis­tance. The Kano State gov­ern­ment has ap­proved re­lease of N13.6 mil­lion as fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to vic­tims of fire in­ci­dents across the state.

The state Com­mis­sioner for En­vi­ron­ment, Dr. Ali Haruna Makoda, who dis­closed this said the money was part of the N760 mil­lion ap­proved at the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing for var­i­ous projects and pro­grammes in the state.

This was con­tained in a state­ment from the of­fice of the Deputy Gover­nor, Dr. Hafiz Abubakar, and signed by his Di­rec­tor of Press, Malam Us­man Bello.

He said the amount in­cludes N342 mil­lion for pro­cure­ment of alu­minium sul­phate and poly­mer for wa­ter treat­ment to en­hance wa­ter sup­ply in the state and N53.9 mil­lion for up­ward re­view of feed­ing cost of science and tech­ni­cal board­ing schools.

The com­mis­sioner said N296 mil­lion was ap­proved for the pur­chase of 16 trucks for Refuse Man­age­ment and San­i­ta­tion Board (REMASAB) and N24 mil­lion for the con­struc­tion of fill­ing sta­tions.

He added that the sum of N6 mil­lion was ear­marked for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of De­cem­ber 2015, po­lio im­mu­niza­tion plus days ex­er­cise, while N1.4 mil­lion is for the train­ing of pilots.

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