The governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to assist the people affected by the flood disaster in the state over the past weekend.
While speaking to the State House correspondents on his mission to the Villa on Tuesday in Abuja, the governor stated that he encountered with the president to appeal to the Federal Government to assist the victims.
According to AbdulRazaq, over 15,000 people have been displaced as an effect of the natural disaster, adding that property and farm products worth about N10billion had been damaged. However, he expressed optimism that if the FG can intervene, it would assist to amend the sufferings of the victims.
“I came to see the president, among other things, to discuss ecological and developmental issues. Over the weekend, we had huge rainstorm that destroyed about 5,000 houses in the State capital. We had huge flooding in Kwara North and the bank of River Niger.
“There are a lot of internally displaced people in the State capital. The State needs assistance to abate the crisis. We have about 5,000 houses and thousands of hectares of farmland that are under water. Close to about 10,000 to 15,000 people are already displaced so far. So, it’s straining the State’s economy,” said the governor.
He also expressed hopefulness that the state would witness plentiful harvest this farming season regardless of the reported flood disaster.
The governor further added that “luckily for us, we did two cycles of rice farming in the affected areas. We are hoping to do three cycles. Yes, there is huge impact. We are expecting bumper harvest this season, especially with the federal government’s intervention in the agricultural sector.”