Flood from River Gongola displays 3,200 families in Gombe State.

Devastating flood has displaced 3,200 families in two local government areas of the 11 local councils in Gombe State.

Governor, Inuwa Yahaya, on Friday disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with the President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the flood was caused by the flood around the river banks of Gongola causing gully erosion in the state which necessitated seeking Federal Government’s support.

The governor said the situation was further worsened by the fact that the state is situated between valleys and because of poor practices and lack of proper environmental management.

He said the factors contributed “Of recent, in two local governments that are affected, we have about 3,200 families that have been dislocated. But we have been trying to provide alternatives.

“At the moment, we are designing layouts from which we will relocate all resettlements that are on flood plains and on gullies which are normally susceptible to floods,” the governor said.

Yahaya added that the state is also being weighed down by the responsibility of catering for Internally Displaced Persons and people displaced from neighboring states as a result of insurgency.

The governor also wants pressure to be mounted on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Department of Petroleum Resources to hasten exploitation of oil and gas deposit in the state.

“With the discovery of oil and gas in Gombe and Bauchi States, and specifically, in the whole of Gongola Basin, we seek to get the support of the Federal Government so that pressure will be mounted on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Department of Petroleum Resources.

“This is for the organizations to see to the fact that the exploitation oil and gas deposit that is available in Gombe and in fact the wider Gongola Basin is encouraged so that economic activities will be triggered, our people will have more jobs and Gombe will join the league of oil-producing states,” he said.


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