2 October, 2020
By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
Niger Governor Abubakar Bello has lamented the agonies residents and commuters go in the state as a result of bad roads and flooding.
Bello, who spoke to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Friday, said: “we are going through hell in Niger State”.
Bello said he visited the President to discuss the unpleasant situation in his state, adding the impression from his host gave him assurances that steps would be taken soon to help the state out of the current situation.
Speaking about the flood situation, the Governor said 21 of the 25 council areas of the state are flooded, adding several thousands of acres of plantations as well as livestock had been destroyed by the flood.
“So overall, that has been the main point of our discussion. We touched on flood briefly. I believe in the next few weeks, we may have some reliefs when it comes to flood.
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“At the moment we have over 150 communities under water in Niger. Thousands of hectares of land have been displaced by flood, major investments like the Sunti sugar is completely under water.
“They have lost over 2,500 hacters of Sugar Cane Plantation. And vast majority of the facility itself is under water.
“It is unfortunate it has happened but I pray we will be able to get some quick intervention from the Federal Government so that we can support our local farmers that have lost their livelihood due to floods.
Asked on the President’s response, he said: “The President believes more in action, he doesn’t talk too much.
“I think from his countenance I can say that he felt bad especially for Niger State. We are shouldering all the weight, every cargo from South West passes through Minna specifically.
“I think he has an idea, he probably will not know everything but he has an idea what we are going through at moment. At the moment we are going through hell in Niger State. So I believe something will be done.”
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