President Muhammadu Buhari is said to be deeply disturbed over the loss of lives,properties and thousands of hectares of farmlands and houses, submerged by floods in some communities in Kebbi state.
According to the President, “I am particularly sad over this incident because it’s a setback to our 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 our policy to produce rice locally as part this administration’s commitment to agricultural revival which suffered relative neglect in favour of food importation.”
He said that “With the loss of six lives and still counting; thousands of hectares of land flooded and estimated economic losses of more than one billion Naira by rice farmers in Kebbi State, we face a major setback in our efforts to boost local food production.”
President Buhari also noted that, “This bad news couldn’t have come at a worse time for our farmers and other Nigerians who looked forward to a bumper harvest this year in order to reduce the current astronomical rise in the costs of food items in the markets.”
The President, sympathized with the bereaved families and farmers affected by the devastating floods,assuring them that the federal government was going to work closely with the Kebbi State government in order to bring relief to the victims.”