Flood kills 8, de­stroys 60,000 farms in Ji­gawa

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

Eight per­sons died in the re­cent flood that oc­curred in Ji­gawa State, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, Yusuf Sani Babura, said.

Babura, while speak­ing with jour­nal­ists in Dutse, at the week­end, said the flood was caused by heavy rain­fall and wa­ter from Ga­madugu river.

“Eight peo­ple lost their lives un­der dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances as a re­sult of the flood. Three per­sons died in Babura, one in Hade­jia, two in Kiyawa and the other three were from two other lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas,” he said.

He said in­for­ma­tion com­piled from 16 out of the af­fected lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in­di­cated that about 60,000 farm­lands cov­er­ing a dis­tance of a about a kilo­me­tre from both sides of the over flow­ing River Ga­madugu, were washed away.

On the value of the amount of prop­erty de­stroyed, Babura said the agency was still try­ing to as­cer­tain that, and that as soon as it was done, they would make the data avail­able.

“The vol­ume of de­struc­tion is enor­mous and the bur­den will be too heavy for the state to bear. So as soon as we fin­ish com­pil­ing our data, we will reach out to the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA), in­ter­na­tional donors and well spir­ited in­di­vid­u­als for as­sis­tance,” he said. The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary said the state gov­ern­ment dis­cov­ered that the pres­ence of Typha grass at the lower part of Ga­madugu river, con­trib­uted to the re­cent flood, be­cause it blocks free flow of wa­ter.

He added that to avoid a sim­i­lar dis­as­ter, gov­ern­ment or­dered the clear­ance of the river. The Fed­eral Min­istry of Avi­a­tion, In­de­pen­dent Cor­rupt Prac­tices and Other Re­lated Of­fences Com­mis­sion (ICPC), and United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP) have re­solved to work to­gether to stamp out cor­rup­tion in the Avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

The de­ci­sion was taken last week dur­ing a meet­ing with the Fed­eral Min­istry of Avi­a­tion and ICPC Chair­man, Mr. Ekpo Nta, it was gath­ered.

The meet­ing was at­tended by chief ex­ec­u­tives of avi­a­tion agen­cies in­clud­ing the Nige­ria Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (NCAA), Fed­eral Air­ports Au­thor­ity of Nige­ria (FAAN), among oth­ers, as well as air­port stake­hold­ers like Cus­toms and Immigration.

It was gath­ered that the meet­ing was a fol­low up to the Cor­rup­tion Risk As­sess­ment (CRA) pro­ject be­ing car­ried out by the ICPC aimed at ex­ter­mi­nat­ing cor­rup­tion from the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

The ICPC be­lieves the sec­tor is a very sen­si­tive one that is prone to cor­rup­tion.

At the meet­ing held at the NCAA of­fice an­nex in La­gos, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Avi­a­tion, Ha­jia Binta Bello, said that as part of the over­all ef­forts to en­gen­der growth, con­fi­dence and trans­parency in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try, it was im­per­a­tive to col­lab­o­rate with the ICPC to dras­ti­cally re­duce the in­ci­dents of cor­rup­tion in the sec­tor.

Bello said the cur­rent ef­fort was made pos­si­ble through the Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) be­tween the min­istry and ICPC in 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to her, the MoU in­volves con­tin­u­ous and sus­tained de­ploy­ment of ICPC staff to main­tain sur­veil­lance at ma­jor air­ports and in­fu­sion of eth­i­cal val­ues into pro­fes­sional prac­tices of stake­hold­ers in the avi­a­tion sec­tor.

Oth­ers are manda­tory train­ing at ICPC academy on ethics, pro­fes­sional stan­dards, moral val­ues for of­fi­cials in the in­dus­try and in­stal­la­tion of ICPC fa­cil­i­ties such as CCTV cam­eras for the de­tec­tion of cor­rupt of­fi­cers.

She stated also that this col­lab­o­ra­tion has re­duced the ac­tiv­i­ties of touts at the La­gos and Abuja in­ter­na­tional air­ports.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary urged ICPC to sus­tain the tempo of its sur­veil­lance ac­tiv­i­ties at the na­tion’s air­ports.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (NCAA), Capt. Muhtar Us­man and the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of FAAN, Eng Saleh Dunoma ex­pressed their com­mit­ment to the suc­cess of the MoU in or­der to elim­i­nate cor­rupt prac­tices in the in­dus­try.

Osun State Gover­nor Rauf Aregbesola (2nd left), ex­changes greet­ings with the chair­man, Has­san Sun­monu Com­mit­tee on State's Rev­enues, Com­rade Has­san Sun­monu (right), as Deputy Gover­nor Mrs. Titi Laoye-To­mori (left) and oth­ers watch, dur­ing the of­fi­cial in­au­gu­ra­tion of the com­mit­tee in Abere, Osogbo, at the week­end.

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