Jigawa - The Hadejia Local
Government of Jigawa on Monday said it had completed a 5km-embankment on
Hadejia River to control flood in the area.
The Secretary of the Council, Alhaji Abba Ari, told the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Hadejia that sand had also been excavated and weeds
cleared on some parts of the river to ease water flow.
Ari said the project was designed to prevent water from
flowing into residential quarters.
"The volume of water in the river is high due to the rains
but the embankment prevented water from flowing into the town,” he said.
The secretary said the council’s Water and Sanitation
Department had cleared drains and evacuated wastes to ease flow of water out of
He said the council had been sensitising communities to
desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in waterways and keep the clean
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Ari added that the council had also set up an adhoc committee
on flood to monitor the level of water in the river, adding that the measure
facilitated quick response and effective disaster management.
"The steps adopted by the council have greatly reduced the
danger and damage associated with flood in the area,’’ he said.
NAN recalls that hundreds of hectares of farmlands and
houses were destroyed by flood in Hadejia, Kafin-Hausa, Kirikasamma,
Malammadori and Guri local government areas of the state.
Farmers in the affected communities blamed the flood on the
blocking of Hadejia River by weeds.
The Jigawa Government had, therefore, collaborated with the
Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority and cleared several
kilometers of weeds on the river to control flood.
The exercise covered various communities in Kafin-Hausa,
Auyo, Guri and Kirikasamma local government areas.