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Adamawa governor, Jibrilla, alerts riverine communities over opening of Cameroun dam




Firm donates to IDPs in the state

GOVERNOR Bindo Jibrilla of Adamawa State has alerted riverine communities in the state to be on the look out for possible flooding due to release of water from Lagdo Dam in Cameroun.

Speaking with newsmen in Yola, Jibrilla said the state government had already got a letter from the Camerounian authorities on plan to release excess water from the dam.

Jibrilla, who noted that he personally toured the flood-proned communities on Monday to enlighten the people of the area on the threat, said the state government has commenced media campaign to alert the public on the need to take precautionary measures to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2012 when many lives and property were lost.

He said: “We have been contacted by the Camerounian authorities over possibility of releasing water from Lagdo Dam.

“And we are appealing to our people, especially those along River Benue and River Gongola, to take precautionary measures.”

He said both federal and state governments were monitoring the situation to avoid being taken unaware.

In another development, the West African Seasoning Company Limited has donated assorted foodstuff and detergents to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa.

The Assistant General Manager, Corporate Communication/ Regulatory Department of the firm, Mr. Nworah Peter, who made the presentation at a ceremony in Damare Camp in Yola, said the gesture was part of the company’s complementary effort in catering for the IDPs.

Peter said the company shared in the trauma of the displaced persons and would continue to contribute its quota in supporting them.

In his response, the NEMA team leader, Mr. Daniel Atabo, lauded the effort of the company and gave assurance that the agency would ensure utilisation of the items for the purpose intended.

In his remarks, representative of the IDPs, Alhaji Modu Goni, who thanked the company for the gesture and also urged others to emulate it, lauded government, NGOs and philanthropists for their continuous support to the IDPs since the insurgency crisis started.

The governor, who also spoke on his recent visit to Dubai, said he had talks with investors and one of them was willing to build a 300-bed capacity hospital in Adamawa.

“They are willing to invest about 32 million Euros in Adamawa and one other state.

“What they need is land; we have started discussion and they will soon be here for more discussions and signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)”, Jibrilla said.

He said that the company would operate the hospital for 20 years during which they would train Adamawa people and finally hand over the hospital to the state.

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