Kano -The Kano State Government said on Friday that it would spend N441.4 million on the construction of 2-bedroom prototype houses for victims of last year’s flood disaster in Warawa local government area of the state.
Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso disclosed this at the launch of distribution of relief materials worth millions of naira to the victims of last year's flood disaster in the Government House, Kano.
He explained that the houses would be distributed free to the victims, adding that each house would cost the state government about N753,000.
"This is the first phase of the project designed to demonstrate our government’s effort to provide permanent solution to the disaster in the affected areas. Flood has become an annual phenomenon as every year the same problem occurs in low laying areas and communities living very close to river banks. The houses are not just for environmental convenience but will save government the trouble of disrupting academic calendar by using schools as resettlement camps whenever villages are submerged by flood’’, he said.
He disclosed that over 50,000 people were rendered homeless and farm lands worth millions of naira were washed away in some villages across the state, last year.
“During our investigation we found out that most of the victims of the flood are leaving in the low level places; this makes them vulnerable to the flood,'' Kwankwaso said.
According to him, the houses would be built in Warawa, Kunchi and Makoda local government areas of the state.
"This is part of my campaign promise to give the selected local government headquarters befitting outlooks.
"Out of the 102 houses to be constructed in Kunchi town, 61 are at various stages of completion, while in Makoda, 48 out of the 86 houses are at appreciable level,’’ said the governor.
On the relief materials, Kwankwaso said the items were donated by the Federal Government, Dangote Group of Companies, and the Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc.
"This is in addition to the state government’s assistance given to the victims immediately after the disaster occurred,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the items distributed included 600 bags of rice, 600 pieces of textile materials, several gallons of palm oil, blankets and mattresses.