The Kwara State Governor met with President Muhammadu Buhari in the early hours of Tuesday in the presence of the Chief of Staff to the President Professor Agboola Gambari to discuss the devastating effects of the floods experienced in the state.
At the meeting which was held in the Presidential villa, AbdulRazaq sought for the Federal Government assistance to lessen the effects of the flood which has displaced over 15,000 people.
While addressing Journalists after the meeting, he disclosed that the flooding led to a loss amounting to about N10 billion.
He further added that he requested for the president’s intervention to lessen the sufferings of the affected people whose houses and farmlands have been submerged by the floods, which he feared, will result to low harvest.
“I came to the President, among other things, to discuss ecological and developmental issues. And over the weekend, we had a 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 at the bank of River Niger and in the state capital. The state needs virtual aid to abate the crisis.”
He added: “We have about 5,000 houses and thousands of hectares of farmland are underwater. Close to about 10,000 to 15,000 people are already displaced so far. So, it’s straining the State’s economy. That is why we need virtual aid.
Although, he explained that the losses were between N5 to N10billion, the governor revealed that the President‘s response was positive.
He stated that “The federal government is coming in to assist the State. The new General Manager (GM) at National Emergency Agency (NEMA) is also coming to Kwara to see the situation for himself.478