Seven communities have been engulfed by flood in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger as a result of the ongoing construction of the Zungeru hydroelectric power station.
Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of the State said this at his visit to the Internally Displaced Persons, at the Central Primary School, Gwada.
He says the Federal Government has made provisions for the affected communities to move to higher grounds. Governor Sani-Bello said that he would collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Works to quicken the release of funds so that people in the affected communities could relocate to higher grounds and get some compensation.
The governor, however, sympathised with the people that had been displaced as a result of the bandits activities, adding that no fewer than “4,000 IDPs were currently at Gwada camp.
The governor had described the situation at the IDPs camp as “worrisome,” observing that there was the need for normality to be restored in the affected communities.”This is to enable them to return home to avoid the outbreak of epidemics in the camp.
We have almost 4,000 IDPs displaced by banditry and the construction of Zungeru dam, some communities have been flooded and are underwater and have left, while they have not been paid compensation.
“The situation is serious, we are concerned that epidemics can spread, we are making efforts with security agencies as they have been up to the task and have dealt decisively with the bandits,” he said.
Governor Sani-Bello also raised concern about the inflow of bandits and Boko Haram elements in and out of Shiroro Local Government.