Some residents of Plateau State now have to use canoes for transportation as the bridges linking them to other parts of the state have been washed away by flood.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau, Kemi Nshe, during the visit of the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, to the state on Saturday.
“The five major bridges in Plateau South were washed away by the floods and we have resorted to using canoes as our only means of transport,” Mr. Nshe said.
He was speaking at a ceremony to welcome the Vice President.
Mr. Nshe told the vice president, who undertook an aerial tour of the affected sites before meeting the victims and community leaders at the Shendam stadium, that many roads and farms were also washed away, while many had been rendered homeless by the devastating floods.
He told the vice president that six varieties of seedlings and water pumping machines had been purchased and distributed to the victims to mitigate food shortages in view of the destruction to farmlands.
“What we are doing is to encourage them to go into dry season farming. We are also encouraging them to go for crops that will soon be harvested so as to be able to feed their families,” Mr. Nshe said.
The State Governor, Jonah Jang, expressed appreciation at the deep concern demonstrated by the Federal Government toward the flood victims and described the gesture as “very encouraging and soothing.”
“This visit is even beside the N500 million already sent to the Plateau Government to cater for the victims,” Mr. Jang said. “I wish to assure you today that the money shall be judiciously expended to meet the purpose for which it was intended.”
The Vice President was accompanied on the trip by the Nassarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura; the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Sidi; and the Plateau Police Commissioner, Emmanuel Ayeni.