President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep concern over the heavy floods that took a number of lives and destroyed several properties in Kebbi State, north-western, Nigeria.
This was revealed in a statement, signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President.
The flood had submerged thousands of hectares of farmlands and houses, destroying farm produce and personal belongings in the affected communities.
In the statement, Buhari said he is particularly sad over the incident because it is a setback to the government’s efforts to boost local rice production as part of measures to stop food importation.”
President Buhari noted that “Kebbi State is the focal point of government’s policy to produce rice locally as part this administration’s commitment to agricultural revival which suffered relative neglect in favour of food importation.”
While sympathizing with the bereaved families and farmers affected by the devastating floods, President Buhari assured that they are going to work closely with the Kebbi State government in order to bring relief to the victims.