Nigerian President Buhari has condoled with the people of Bauchi over last Saturday’s rainstorm disaster that claimed over 6 lives and destroyed properties worth millions of naira in the state.
The President was in Bauchi State to commiserate with the government and people of the State, particularly, the victims of the recent devastating windstorm as well as the fire incident that razed the Azare Central Market.
The president, on Thursday, in the company of the governor, Muhammed Abubakar, paid a condolence visit to the Emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu over the loss the state suffered at the weekend.
Speaking at the emir’s palace, the President condoled with the emir and assured the people of Bauchi that he will do everything in his power to ameliorate the plights of the affected people.
“I am here to commiserate with you over the loss you recorded during the weekend. I want to assure you that the federal government will stand with you through this trying time.
“For those of you that are here, please take this message to your people. Tell them that they are in my thoughts and prayers” the President said.
Responding, the Emir of Bauchi, Dr. Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu thanked the President for the love and support he has shown since the state was thrown into mourning last Saturday.
“What we saw on Saturday is like nothing we have seen before. Our losses are unquantifiable and diverse. We only look to God for recovery.
“I want to specially thank the President for showing us love and care in this trying time. We have been receiving relief materials of all kinds since the unfortunate incident on Saturday” Dr. Adamu noted.
The President also visited Azare market to assess the level of damage caused by fire last Sunday, and to condole with the people of the area over their losses.
Earlier in the week Gov. Mohammed Abubakar said 349 schools were damaged across the state by the windstorm.
Abubakar disclosed this while receiving Chairman and members of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Governing Board in Bauchi on a courtesy visit.
“From the report we received so far, 349 schools were affected by the recent disaster from 13 out of the 20 Local Government areas of the state.
” The schools need immediate renovation because the roofs, furniture and computers were all damaged and students are about to start examination,” he said.
Abubakar called on management of UBEC to assist in renovation of some of the schools, just as he urged the chairman to find time and inspect some of the affected schools.
An estimated 1505 houses, including the office of The News Agency of Nigeria were destroyed by the storm.