The Yobe state Commissioner for Water Resources, Senator Alkali Jajere, said the water challenges of the state would be adequately tackled during his tenure.
Jajere, who stated this on Monday in Damaturu while taking over the affairs of the ministry, said: “I am conversant with the challenge people are facing even here in Damaturu, the state capital, I have been buying water myself.
“It is very unfortunate that the challenge has been lingering up to this moment. However by the grace of God we will provide solution to water supply in the state.”
While saying that it was not easy to provide water in the Sahel region, Jajere urged staff of the ministry to cooperate and support his administration to achieve its set goals.
“So, we need to put our hands together with you as experts, and myself as a political head to bring a holistic approach to the water system challenges in the state,” he added.
Meanwhile, The Herald reported that no fewer than 300 houses and several farmlands had been destroyed by devastating floods in Ngalda, Yobe.
The floods, which followed days of persistent rainfall, also destroyed schools and livestock. Alhaji Idi Gubana, the state’s Deputy Governor, who visited the community on Friday, expressed shock at the level of destruction and promised government’s support to the victims.
“The level of destruction is devastating; it is quite unfortunate. Government will provide relief materials to the victims,” Gubana said. He said that Gov Mai Mala Buni, who is currently in Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage, had directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), to provide food, clothes, mattresses and blankets to the victims.