By Rakiya A.Muhammad
Many residents of Goronyo in Sokoto State, Northwest Nigeria, have heaved a sigh of relief with measures helping to prevent floods from washing away farmlands and disrupting human activities in areas that hitherto experience perennial flooding.
They recalled the detrimental effect of devastating floods in the locality and expressed joy over the measure they noted provides ongoing protection from it.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal-led administration constructed a 7 -kilometre embankment to control the yearly flooding following Dam overflows.
Goronyo Dam, commissioned 30 years ago, impounds the River Rima in the Goronyo Local Government area.
“The flood control measure has restored farming activities to the locals,” Chair Goronyo local government Abdulwahab Yahaya disclosed to journalists during their visit to the locality.
“It is a beacon of light in the desert of despair for the locals.”
He added that the government executed the N38 Million embankment in two phases.
On the 1.5 million litres Semi Water project at Goronyo town, he said it has helped provide people with portable drinking water.
Yahya disclosed the state government had completed over 50 people-oriented projects and that others were ongoing in the eleven council wards of the local government area.
Among the projects are the upgrading and expansion of a multimillion-naira Central Mosque within the metropolis, the renovation of 2 Blocks of 6 classrooms and an office of the headteacher at the Nana Aisha Islamiyya, a block of 3 classrooms at Abdullah Abdullah Islamiyya Primary School, Women Development Centre and road project linking Mariri, Illela, Huda Gare and Godon Mata villages.