President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the destruction of rice farms by flood in Jigawa state, northern Nigeria.
Naija News reports that the President sympathised with the victims of the Jigawa flood in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, where he assured them that they would not be abandoned by the government.
The statement reads as thus; “President Buhari has expressed sympathy for the victims of the Hadejia floods which, according to received reports, destroyed over 100,000 hectares of rice farms in Jigawa State.
“Reacting to the tragedy that claimed lives and caused massive destruction to rice farms, President Buhari said that “this level of destruction as a result of a natural disaster is unprecedented and devastating.
“According to the President, this destruction to farmlands is particularly worrisome because it comes at a time my government is vigorously pursuing efforts to boost local rice production and end importation of the commodity.
“He noted that since agriculture is the largest employer of labour and a major source of income for most ordinary Nigerians, the destruction of rice farms in Jigawa State is bad news not only for the victims, but also for the government policy of achieving food sufficiency and food security in the country.”