The Niger state Government has commiserated with the people of Suleja, and Gurumana in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state over the flood disaster and boat mishap that claimed about 10 lives.
The government in a statement signed by Mary Noel-Berge, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, of Niger state, expressed sadness over the ghastly incidents.
The statement said the flood disaster in Suleja happened despite the alert issued by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA), Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET), as well as the weather predictions earlier issued by the state government.
It urged all residents of the areas to adhere strictly to government’s advice on temporary relocation or clearing of drainages to avoid repeat of the ugly incident.
On the boat mishap in Gurumana community in Shiroro LGA, the government said the sad event was regrettable, while emphasizing government’s relentless efforts to bring the menace of bandits to a conclusive end.
It appealed to communities in the banditry prone areas not to panic, assuring that the security agencies have been adequately mobilised to ensure the protection of lives and property.
Meanwhile, the state government has appealed to NEMA to provide emergency interventions that will cushion the hardship of the people of both communities, occasioned by the flood disaster and displacement by bandits.
The government prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives.
It would be recalled that the state government had in a statement on July 13, appealed to all riverine communities, particularly the flood prone areas in the state and those situated along the tributaries of River Niger, to be cautious and pay attention to the rising water levels in their areas.
NEMA, NIHSA and NIMET, had earlier warned that many LGAs in the state, and other adjoining states fall within the highly probable flood risk areas in the 2020 rainy season.