Buhari laments over the flood, which destroyed lives and Farmlands in Kebb.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his concern over the heavy floods caused by the deludge, which claimed lives, ravaged huge hectares of farmlands as well as houses in Kebbi State.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Spokesman to the president, Malam Garba Shehu, which according to the statement destroyed massive farm produce and properties of the respective communities.
Mr. Garba quoted according to the president “I am particularly sad over this incident because it’s a setback to our efforts to boost local rice production as part of measures to stop food importation.
“Kebbi State is the focal point of our policy to produce rice locally as part this administration’s commitment to agricultural revival which suffered relative neglect in favour of food importation.
“With the loss of six lives and still counting; thousands of hectares of land flooded and estimated economic loss of more than N1 billion by rice farmers in Kebbi State, we face a major setback in our efforts to boost local food production.
“This bad news couldn’t have come at a worse time for our farmers and other Nigerians who looked forward to a bumper harvest this year in order to reduce the current astronomical rise in the costs of food items in the markets.”
President Buhari finally symphathised with the families of the victims who lost their lives and farmers affected, as result of the shocking flood.
Buhari in the statement pledged as “We are going to work closely with Kebbi State Government in order to bring relief to the victims.”