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Rainstorm destroys 50 structures in Katsina

20 May 2013, 16:47

Katsina-  Rainstorm has destroyed 50 structures in Tandama village in Danja Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the affected structures include residential houses and public buildings like the court and schools.

Alhaji Tijjani Lawal, the council’s Transition Committee Chairman, told newsmen after inspecting the affected areas on Monday that the incident occurred in the night on May 19.

Lawal said a committee had been constituted to verify the extent of the damage, adding that a relief package would be distributed to the victims.

According to him, the council has provided the victims with temporary accommodation pending the intervention of the state and federal governments.

He described the incident as the will of God, and cautioned people against indiscriminate refuse disposal as well as blocking water ways.

He said such acts were responsible for environmental pollution.

The chairman emphasised the need for collective efforts to protect the environment, urging residents to refrain from indiscriminate felling of trees.

 Lawal also advised them to cultivate the habit of tree planting and nursing to check desertification.

Meanwhile, the council has distributed 600 wrappers and head-gears (Hijab) each to non- indigenous residents and married women in the area.

Distributing the items, wife of the chairman, Hajia Hadiza Lawal, said the gesture was aimed at increasing brotherhood among non-indigenes and married women in the area.

Lawal said that the non-indigenes were Igbo, Yoruba, Igala and Nupe, among other tribes, and called on them to reciprocate the gesture by living in peace and supporting government policies.

She called on married women to redouble their support for immunisation campaign describing women as pillars of the family.

Lawal also called on them to ensure proper body hygiene as well as environmental cleanliness.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Jimmy Audu, thanked the council for the gesture, and pledged their support to the government.

Audu offered prayers for peace and stability in the country.



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