Disturbed by the plight of the victims of last Thursday’s windstorm which destroyed about 74 houses in Mayo Belwa, the member representing the constituency in Adamawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Musa Italiya has mobilized the State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) to provide relief materials to the affected victims.
Speaking to newsmen during an on the spot assessment by ADSEMA officials, the lawmaker said it became imperative for him to take the matter up so that the victims who were left with nothing could be assisted by the state government.
A heavy windstorm has wrought serious destruction to many houses at Anguwan Lamawa community last Thursday reducing some of the buildings to rubbles.
Italiya noted that upon hearing the sad development, he visited the area and took stock of the destruction and immediately lodged a complaint to governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who directed ADSEMA to provide relief to the people.
“On learning about the tragic incident, I left everything I was doing and came to the area and took stock of the properties damaged or destroyed.
” I directed a complaint to the executive governor who ordered ADSEMA to mobilize to the affected area and take stock of destruction for immediate action.
“We are here at Anguwan Lamawa this morning with ADSEMA officials who ascertained the damage done and have promised to send their report to the governor for necessary action,” Italiya said.
Also speaking with newsmen, leader of the team and director of planning, research and disaster management of ADSEMA, Yaji Mohammed said the destruction wrought by the windstorm was massive.
Mohammed noted that the disaster might have been exacerbated by dearth of trees advising residents to plant more trees to serve as wind breakers.
He said they will immediately compile a report to the governor so that the process of securing relief materials could be hastened.
Mohammed urged the victims to exercise patience as ADSEMA processes the relief materials which will hopefully materialize in the next three weeks.
Also speaking, a senior stakeholder in the area and former chairman of Mayo Belwa local government, Mohammed Bako lauded the lawmaker for his prompt response to the plight of the people.
He noted that most of the people are economically disadvantaged as such they could not repair the damage done to their houses as some of the houses were completely destroyed.
Bako said the damage is sheer colossal calling on the state government to hasten the provision of relief materials to the victims.
He called on the residents to imbibe the culture of planting trees adding that such will go a long way in protecting the communities from the wrath of windstorms in the future.