Crop owners on Danbaba’s plane crash site face hardship

Wreckage of the aircraft carrying Governor Suntai and five others

The farmers appeal to government to help them stand back on their feet.

Two farmers in Yola, workers on the site where governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai’s plane crashed last week, say they face hardship after the crash destroyed their crops.

The farmers work in a farm owned by the chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Bamaga Tukur, where the governor crash landed with his private jet during an ill fated flight to Yola last week.

The farmers, Mr. Kwoji and Ms. Dauda, although sympathetic to the victims of the crash, say the face hardship and need government’s assistance.

The farmers say the land was first ravaged by flood before the plane crash.

“One of the problems now is that this accident will seriously affect our crops, Kwoji said. “We are just trying to get over the destruction wreaked by flood which left us with little when this one occurred.”

He said last year, when he began farming at the site, he got 30 bags of maize, 12 bags of beans and 10 bags of guinea corn.

“This year, because of the flood and plane crash, things will be difficult, if government did not assist us,” he said.

The farmers said that destruction caused by the crashed plane was aggravated by the constant trooping in of people to the site.

Ms. Dauda said just like last year, she planted maize and beans but was not expecting good harvest this year because of the flood and plane crash.

According to her, last year she harvested eighteen bags of maize and three bags of beans.

“We will continue to pray for their (the crash victims) quick recovery just as we also hope government will remember to assist us in whatever way to make ends meet this season,” Ms. Dauda said.

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