By Lawal Sa’idu Funtua
The Federal Government has disclosed that it would construct 325 houses for the people affected by flooding in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Blueinknewsrecall that flooding, which was experienced in 2018, killed about 50 people and destroyed over 500 houses.
The Chairman, Implementation Team for the Relocation, Reconstruction and Resettlement of the people affected by flooding in Jibia in 2018, Mr Kayode Fagbemi, made the disclosure today in Jibia during an inspection to the proposed site.
Fagbemi, who is also the Director, Planning, Research and Forecasting, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said that the project would be executed in collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) through a direct labour.
He said that the houses would be constructed within a short period.
Fagbemi said that the project was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said that two bedroom flats would be constructed for 325 affected persons in Jibia.
According to him, social amenities like schools, clinic and shops would be established at the area to enhance living condition of the people.
Fagbemi said that they would employ residents, particularly the victims as labourers to enhance their economic status.
“We have met with Katsina State implementation committee, the Federal Government has given the approval and money for the project.
“The DG NEMA secured a collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force Works Centre, so, we will collaborate with NAF to construct two bedroom flats for 325 beneficiaries.
“The team will move to Abeokuta, Ogun state for similar project, next week.
“The Federal Government has also given approval for Abeokuta in Ogun State, it is also affected by flooding in 2018,” he said.
In her remarks, the Chairperson, State Implementation Committee, Hajiya Halima Lawal-Othman, said that the state government had given the land for the project.
Lawal-Othman, who is also the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Lands and Survey, said that government would ensure completion of the project in good time.
She further said that a Mosque, Islamic school for children, as well as, a security outpost would also be constructed at the site.
Some of the would-be beneficiaries interviewed, expressed delight and commended the federal government for the project.
They also urged the government to ensure timely completion of the project for their benefit.
Malam Abubakar Saminu, one of the victims, commended the government and urged the committee to ensure justice in the allocation of the houses.