NEMA Donates Relief Materials To Flood Victims In Kebbi

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)  has donated relief materials to support victims of flood in Kebbi state.

Recall that about 100 households were affected by the flood in Dole-Kaina Area of Dandi Local Government Area of the state sometime in September.

The Director-in-charge of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Paul Ohenmu, who presented the relief materials to the victims in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday, said the assistance was meant to alleviate their sufferings.

“This is just a token to alleviate your suffering; we know that it will not be enough to take care of the disaster, but just for you to know that the Federal Government sympathises with you.”

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar, thanked the Federal Government for its love and concern for victims of the disaster.the items provided included 750 bundles of roofing sheets, 1,000 pieces of textile materials, 2,000 blankets, 1,000 ceiling boards and 1,200 bags of cement.

The items provided included 750 bundles of roofing sheets, 1,000 pieces of textile materials, 2,000 blankets, 1,000 ceiling boards and 1,200 bags of cement.

Others are 500 mattresses, 1,000 bags of Guinea corn, 1,000 bundles of brocade materials, 1,000 rubber mats and 2,000 cartons of detergent.

Flood: 10 Dead, 425 Homeless In Kebbi

In Kebbi State, a devastating flood has left over 10 dead, 42 others hospitalised due to an outbreak of diseases aftermath of the recent incident in Dandi Local Government Area of Kebbi state.

About 133 houses, farm lands and Silos were also destroyed, leaving hundreds affected residents in Dole Kaina, Malaye and Danawa Communities taking solace in a Primary School.

Accompanied by a delegated authorities in the state to the affected places, NEMA staff led by the Nema Sokoto Head of Operations, Mal. Suleiman Muhammad discovered that outbreak of diseases like Cholera, Malaria and Dermal infections were the major causes that resulted to the dead of some people, with others being hospitalized.

Residents in the area lamented to the assessment team that Increase in volume of river Niger led to the overflow of large amount of water to the riverine areas, more especially floodplains.

However, the federal government has given an immediate directives to the agency as a matter of urgency to provide relief support to the affected victims.

Kebbi Seeks WHO Support On Polio

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help curtail spread of Polio by influx of children infected with the virus from neighboring Benin and Niger republics.

Bagudu, who received a delegation of WHO led by County Representative, Dr Wondi Alemu, in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday, said the influx of infected children had reduced Polio immunisation performance index.

“Our state has porous border with neighboring Benin and Niger republics.

“Most of the children we have on the streets are beggars or out of school who are not from the state not even from this country, but from the two countries.

“We are known for Islamic scholarship as a result of that citizens from the two countries send their children to acquire Islamic education in our state,” he said.

He appealed to the WHO to consider increasing funding to tackle health challenges commensurate with the population of Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states with about 11 million people.

He described the WHO donation to the three states as inadequate when compared to the amount received by Asian and Latin American developing countries.

“While we are not implying that we want to be dependent on WHO’s assistance but the assistance is needed by a country in need of it at the time of need,’’ Bagudu said.

According to him, Kebbi has the largest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the whole of North West Nigeria, noting that about 60 per cent of fishermen in Borno are from Kebbi.

“A few months ago we received about 7,000 IDPs from Niger Republic,” he added.

He said the influx of IDPs was a challenge to the state health sector.

The governor commended development partners for the engagement in the health sector, while appreciating the efforts of WHO in the eradication of polio and improvement of the health sector.

However, he thanked traditional and religious leaders for their support and participation in polio immunisation campaigns and actualisation in the state.

Alemu had earlier said the team was in the state to review what the government was doing and its efforts in health care service delivery as well as challenges faced on polio immunisation in the state.

He said the organisation was looking forward to building capacity on surveillance on polio and other diseases.

“We are determined to improve regular supervision on capacity surveillance, strengthen gains and evaluation of health sector,” he said.

He advised the state government to strengthen the health sector, especially improvement of laboratory system, adding that some diseases could be diagnosed via laboratory channels before they escalate.

He commended the state government for the restoration and increase of counterpart funding to support WHO’s activities.

Restructuring: APC Governors Meet In Kebbi

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have converged on Birkin Kebbi, the capital city of Kebbi state to discuss the issue of restructuring.

Sources close to the party said a meeting which kicks off on Tuesday would be declared open by the acting president,  Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

It was confirmed that the meeting to be held under the aegis of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) would receive a position paper on restructuring.

The party recently set up a committee headed by the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to deliberate on the knotty issue of restructuring.

The restructuring agenda had, in recent times, split the country along the North-South divides.

Voting on key elements of restructuring also got defeated in the National Assembly last week, when the lawmakers shut down the amendment to Land Use Act and devolution of power.

The Senate and the House of Representatives shut down the two bills among others during the clause by clause voting last Wednesday and Thursday.

Sources close to the PGF, however, said that the governors were set to receive the position paper on the key issue.

“The PGF is converging on Kebbi from Monday for a meeting which will be declared open by Acting President Osinbajo Tuesday morning.

“The governors are set to deliberate on key issues affecting the polity.They will also receive a position paper on the issue of restructuring and release a communique at the close of the meeting,” a source close to the meeting said.

It was also gathered that the meeting would also deliberate on the planned national convention of the party which had been kept in abeyance following the prolonged absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.