President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to lead a Federal Government delegation to the state.This is barely 72 hours after windstorm hit Bauchi State metropolis.
Among the delegation is the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Engineer Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja who is expected to undertake an assessment of the extent of damage occasioned by the natural disaster.
Recall that the windstorm which occurred on Saturday destroyed an estimated 1505 houses mainly in the state capital.Eight persons have been confirmed dead while 120 others have reported various degrees of injury.
Recently Azare, another major town in Bauchi was struck by a major fire disaster that destroyed the market a few days ago.Following the directive from the Presidency, NEMA officials have started mobilising relief items from its warehouses located in Damaturu and Yola for onward distribution to those displaced by the windstorm.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Tuesday, indicated that the aid materials are expected to reach Bauchi latest Tuesday evening while assessment is being conducted on the fire incident in Azare.
In an earlier message on Monday, President Buhari extended his deepest sympathies to the victims and families of devastating windstorm and the fire incidents. The President said that the “nation stands in solidarity with their fellow countrymen in this difficult time as they face the devastation with courage and fortitude.”
Over 300 electric poles were reported to have been vandalised after the windstorm that occurred in the state on Saturday.Head of Technical Unit of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED), Bauchi Regional Office, Abdullahi Hussaini had given the extent of damage after he inspected areas affected by the windstorm in the town.
Hussaini said apart from electric poles, other equipments like armoured and aluminium cables, insulators, and communication masts, among others were badly affected by the disaster.He said his office was currently preparing report, which would be forwarded to the headquarters of the company in Jos for necessary action.
“The company is working tirelessly to restore back power supply in Bauchi town. So residents should exercise patience a bit. We also appeal to state government to assist us,” he had stated earlier.In another development, President Buhari will sign the 2018 budget into law on Wednesday (today), Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, has said.
Adesina, in an emailed statement issued on Tuesday, said the spending plan passed by parliament last month would be signed on Wednesday at 12 pm.
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