Maiduguri - The Borno Government on Sunday said that it would provide relief materials to victims of flood disaster in Gwoza Local Government Area of the state.
Alhaji Zanna Mustapha, the state Deputy Governor, who stated this while inspecting communities ravaged by flood in the area, expressed shock at the level of damage done by flood in the area.
He remarked that his visit was aimed at getting first class information on the damage so that government would make provision to assist the victims.
"I am here on behalf of the state government to see things for myself and sympathise with you on the destruction by flood.
"The governor was deeply touched by the news of destruction in your area, that is why he directed me to come," Mustapha said.
He blamed the flood on the release of excess water from the Logda dam in the neighbouring Cameroun Republic.
Mustapha added that the flood was not limited to the state as communities in the neighbouring Adamawa and Taraba were also affected, and urged the victims to consider the damage as an act of God.
"We were happy to have abundant rainfall this year because it is a sign of good omen. But we are not happy with the rate of destruction caused by flood.
"I am appealing to you to consider the situation as an act of God," Mustapha said.
He, however, presented some cash donations to different communities pending when relief packages would be delivered to them by the state government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mustapha was also at the palace of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, where he commiserated with the monarch over the disaster.
He also called on the people to pray for the nation's so as to enable it to overcome the current security challenge in the state.
Mustapha expressed regrets on the challenges which, he said had negatively affected the economy of the state as most businesses had been grounded.
"It is sad that only 25 percent of the state economy is functional at present as about 75 percent has been grounded by the security challenge.
"I want you to intensify prayers so that we can seek divine intervention to the problem," he said.
Earlier, Alhaji Timta, who thanked the deputy governor for the visit, had presented a list of close to 30 villages where farmlands, houses and other property were destroyed by the flood.