…Assists victims with cash, foods
By Usman Usman Garba
In order to save people’s lives and avoid similarly occurrence of what happened at Bagwai River, Kano State Government has, under the leadership of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, banned the use of canoes for the time being till it comes up with rules and regulations in order to save lives of the people.
This was disclosed by Governor Ganduje at Badau town in Bagwai Local Government Area of the state yesterday, when he led his cabinet members to condole and sympathize with the deceased’s families and also those in the hospital.
He said: “We have banned the use of canoes till we come up with the rules and regulations in order to save the life of our people.
“But in order to reduce the hardship of commuting between Bagwai and Badau through road traffic, we have provided three buses that will convey people free of charge, to and fro, from morning to night so that we ease the transportation system.”
The governor also assured Badau citizens that the state government concerns with their problems and also promised to improve the transportation system of the area for their betterment.
He, however, hinted out that: “In order to take important measure patterning what happened between Bagwai and Badau, apart from sending those involved in rescuing the victims, we constituted a very powerful committee that will examine the circumstances resulted into the incidence, and also to examine how to modernize the transportation system between the two major towns.
Dr. Ganduje explained that, the state government will establish offices for those who would ensure each canoe is carrying the specified weight and also a qualified driver. He promised the dwellers of the two towns that the state government would purchase three canoes and physical infrastructure would be provided to ensure that transport is in best practice.
The state government similarly provided succour to the deceased’s families, those who escaped alive, and those in the hospital not as a compensation but as a form of assistance.
“We have to provide some succour to the families, we are not paying compensation, we are only providing assistance.
“Therefore, for each person, the family of the deceased and the person who is sick, each will be provided with two bags of rice, two bags of guinea corn, two bags of maize, two bags of millet, one bag of sugar and one bag of salt. “And each person, these items will be provided to the families.
If that family has lost two persons, then the items will be multiplied by two, of it is three, will be multiplied by three, so be it by four, five and more. “We are not stopping here, for each deceased person or somebody in the hospital now, we are providing the sum of N200, 000.
And if the family has lost two persons, it will be N400, 000. If it is three persons, it will be N600, 000; it pluses like that.”
He then sympathized with the people of Badau and extended the condolence of President Muhammad Buhari as well; assuring them that his administration would improve the communication system between Bagwai and Badau.
On his part, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo, confirmed that 30 dead bodies have been recovered, eight are currently in the hospital receiving medical attention and 11 are yet to be found, but still on searching.
The Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, expressed his appreciation for the immediate measures taken by the state government. He prayed for the decease to be in Jannatul Firdaus.