Following the recent downpour of torrential rainfall, the headquarters of Bade Local Government Area of Yobe State, Gashu’a, and the birthplace of the incumbent Senate President, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, is heavily flooded.
According to residents of the area, the disaster is one they have had to live with yearly, as they consistently have been faced with perennial flooding.
“Anytime it rains, our dilapidated roads become flooded. We will be cut off from the rest of the town. Year in, year out, we continue to record huge economic loss”, one of the residents lamented.
“It is unbelievable that a community which produces the number three citizen in Nigeria is currently in deep distress”, another resident said.
Historical records has it that the ancient town is on the Yobe River, few miles below the convergence of Rivers Hadejia and Jama’are, with and average elevation of about 299 meters.
“This, perhaps, is some of the reasons why the town is battling with perennial flooding every year with little effort made by authorities concerned to arrest the situation”, an analyst expressed.
It was however gathered that a move was recently made by the Senate President to facilitate the construction of an 8-kilometre road in the town, but many criticised the effort, saying it is grossly insufficient.