The Kebbi State Government wants the federal government to take urgent steps in dredging the river Niger so as to avoid most of the flooding activities that occurred in river link communities of the river Niger.
The State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, made the appeal at a One Day Stakeholders Meeting on the outcome of needs assessment conducted by the Hydroelectric Power Producing Area’s Development Commission HYPPADEC, in collaboration with Humanitarian Partner “New Approach” held in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State.
Governor Atiku Bagudu, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Alhaji Umar Babale, commended the Commission for identifying with communities that were affected by flooding activities of the River Niger and micromanaging the ills of this societies.
According to him, other problematic areas highlighted by the commission for intervention, particularly schools, the state government is doing its best to see that those problems are being solved.
The Managing Director, Hydroelectric Power Producing Area’s Development Commission HYPPADEC, Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar Yelwa, said the Commission has carried out a Need Assessment of about twenty-eight thousand households in the six states under the commission that were affected by flooding activities of the River Niger.
According to him, Kebbi State, the Commission has identified with seven thousand, two hundred and eighteen households in about Seven local government areas that were affected by the flooding activities of the River Niger.
The Managing Director said every six months, about eight hundred youth in the affected communities would be trained on skills acquisition by the Commission.
The Financial Adviser for the partner, “New Approach” Lilian Iwu, said the partner was more interested in projects development especially in the needs of the less privileged societies.
She commended HYPPADEC for identifying and carrying out a Needs Assessment exercise of communities affected by the flooding activities of the River Niger in Kebbi State.
Reporting by Abdullahi Tukur, Editing by Tola Oguneye