Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has commended the Nigerian Army for extending its relief assistance to flood victims in the KoKo and Bagudo Local Government Areas of the state.
The state governor extended the appreciation during the flag-off of the Medical Outreach organised by the 8 Division, Nigerian Army, Sokoto at Government Day Secondary School, Bagudo.
Bagudu, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Retired Major Garba Rabiu Kamba, also oversaw the distribution of palliative during the exercise.
Floods in Kebbi State have claimed the lives of residents, destroying hectares of farmlands and houses estimated to be worth over N1 billion.
President Muhammadu Buhari in his reaction had expressed sadness over the incident which he described as a setback to his administration’s efforts to boost food production in the country.
Speaking during the ceremony, Bagudu noted that the Army’s assistance in the form of food palliatives and building materials was commendable and a formidable way of maintaining a cordial relationship with civilians.
He said, “I will like to wholeheartedly thank the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant- General Tukur Buratai, for honouring Kebbi State and for finding it necessary for the Army to maintain its corporate social responsibility by coming up with their own contribution to flood victims, more especially in Koko and Bagudu LGAs.
“What we are witnessing today is a sign of generosity and responsibility which the Chief of Army Staff has found necessary to extend to the flood victims.
“This will also facilitate the existing military/civil relationship aimed at bringing succour to our teeming flood victims scattered all over the state.”
Bagadu also expressed profound gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff and his representative, the General Officer Commanding, 8 Division, Brigadier General Aminu Bande, and all the entire staff as well as officers and men of the division.
AgroNigeria gathered that items distributed include assorted foodstuffs including 2,000 15kg bags of rice and 200 bundles of zinc of roofing sheets, among others.
On his part, Chairman of Koko-Besse Local Government Area (LGA), Yahaya Bello, appreciated the Nigerian Army for its generosity to the flood victims.
Bello’s Bagudo LGA counterpart, Muhammadu Hakimi Zagga, also extended the same courtesy.