Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has urged the victims of last Saturday’s windstorm in Bauchi state to exercise patience as government starts distribution of relief materials, before embarking on reconstruction of houses and markets as well as rehabilitation of home/shop owners.
A press statement signed by press secretary to the governor, Abubakar Al-Sadique, says Governor Abubakar made that statement on Wednesday while receiving the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Engineer Mustapha Yerima Maihaja who paid him a courtesy visit.
The governor said a high-powered committee has been constituted to ascertain the number of victims of the windstorm and the Azare market fire incident with a view to determining the level of destruction suffered from the two disasters.
Governor Abubakar said he spoke with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday on the two disasters and the president extended his condolence and commiserations to the people of Bauchi state, which the governor passed on to the emirs.
The governor commended the president for the concern shown by the Federal Government over the two disasters and urged the people to come out and give the president their usual warm welcome when he arrives the state on a condolence visit.
The Director General, National Emergency Management Agency, Engineer Mustapha Yerima Maihaja who condoled with the people of Bauchi state over the disasters, told the governor that he was in the state to get firsthand information on the windstorm that affected most of the local government areas of the state.
Maihaja lamented that just before the state overcame the shock that followed the windstorm, a fire incident struck, razing a market in Azare, and explained that NEMA office in Gombe has been directed to assess the level of destruction resulting from the Azare fire incident.
The Director General assured of Federal Government’s support wherever such incidents occur.