AS the rains continue to fall torrentially this year, in Bauchi State as earlier predicted, over 1,000 houses have been destroyed in Katagum, the headquarters of Zaki Local Government Area of the state.
The caretaker chairman of the local government, Muhammad Babaji, revealed this while speaking with journalists shortly after he conducted an on-the-spot inspection of the affected areas, in the company of the district head of Katagum, Alhaji Usman Muhammed, lamenting the downpour had left negative impact on the people.
According to the council boss, the experience this year had been more than what was witnessed last year, adding that many parts of the local government area were hit by flood, but mostly affected were Alangwari village and Katagum, the local government headquarters.
Babaji informed that the local government had provided immediate shelter for victims, who completely lost their houses to the flood, calling on the people to be patient and take what happened to them as an act of God. He assured that government would do everything possible to assist them, in order to mitigate their sufferings.
Meanwhile, some farmers the Nigerian Tribune spoke with in Bauchi have expressed fear that with the rate the rains are going this year, they may not be able to have bumper harvest, saying some crops do not thrive with much water.
Tomatoes farmer, who simply identified himself as Ahmadu, said he had given up on his farming venture this year, despite the money he had spent.
He noted that tomatoes, which he said he had been cultivating now for about 15 years, needed little water to survive, adding, however, that, “with the rate of rains in recent days, there is little or nothing I will harvest.”
Another farmer, Luka Yahaya, told the Nigerian Tribune that though much rain was not good for many crops, farmers who cultivated rice were in for a swell time at harvest period, calling on both the Federal Government and the Bauchi State government to urgently take steps to mitigate the effect of heavy rain being witnessed this year on farmers, to avoid food crisis in the state and country.
“Most crops do not like much water. This is the problem some of us are facing now in view of this year’s heavy rainfall. We thought what we witnessed last year would not repeat itself this year, but thus far, the effect is much.
“For farmers who planted rice, they don’t have much to complain on as rice needs much water to do well. For them, this kind of rain is more of a blessing. Let both the Bauchi State government and Federal Government assist us to ensure food security here,” Yahaya said.
Category: Bauchi State News