Bauchi State government will receive the sum of Thirty Billion naira N30b from the World Bank in an effort to curb environmental problems caused by flood disaster witnessed in variouse local government areas during this year’s raining season.
Director General of Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) Dr. Kabir Ibrahim stated this during the commencement of Sand evacuation exercise that covers some areas in Cheledi, Alkaleri local government area.
He says the issue of flood disaster in the state was rampant and ravaged many local governments including Kirfi, according to his is so devastating that the state government solicited the support of world bank.
State government agreed to put one billion naira N1b as counterpart fund which is captured in the proposed 2022 state budget, “we know that the state government cannot do it alone, thats why we asked for world bank intervention funding, which they promised after paying the counterpart, and is one of the state government priority at the moment”. He assured.
Chairman of Kirfi local government Garba Musa Bara, has reitreted the determination of the people of the area to contribute thier qouter in the evercuation exercise, ” we have been able to get the listening ears of the DG BASEPA who mobilized to come here and evacuate the sand that a menace to us is cleared from our pathways, arrangement is made to run away from that would eventually bring such disaster in future”.
The district head of Cheledi Alhaji Sale Bello while commending the state governor Bala Mohammed for prompt action and self response during the last flooding in Kirfi local communities, he maintained that they are always ready to abide by the laws of the land, and respect for constituted authority.
Therefore, the residents of Cheledi explained that the sand evacuation exercise was timely considering that the harvesting perion commensed, while preparing for next line of action for irrigation farming, saying that they are all peasant farmers that relied on what they cultivated.
They also appreciated the state government and stakeholders for making sure that the exercise would no doubt help them forget the recent past of flood disaster in the area.