Nigeria: Buhari dispatches delegation to Bauchi over windstorm damages
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, June 20, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Aftermath of windstorm that destroyed an estimated 1,505 houses mainly in the capital city of Bauchi State in the northern axis of Nigeria, the country’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to lead a Federal Government delegation immediately to the State.
According to a statement from the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media an Publicity, Mallam Garbage Sheu, eight persons are now confirmed dead in the incident while 120 others have reportedly suffered various degrees of injury.
Azare, another major town in the state was also struck by a major fire disaster that destroyed the market in the town a few days after.
The delegation which also includes the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engineer Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja is to undertake an assessment of the extent of damage occasioned by the natural disaster.
Already, NEMA has started mobilising relief items from its warehouses located in Damaturu and Yola for onward distribution to those displaced by the windstorm.
The aid materials are expected to reach Bauchi Tuesday evening while assessment is being conducted on the fire incident in Azare.
In an earlier message on Monday, President Buhari extended his deepest sympathies to the victims and families of devastating windstorm and the fire incidents. The President said that the “nation stands in solidarity with their fellow countrymen in this difficult time as they face the devastation with courage and fortitude.”