Gombe govt mourns four youths killed by flood 


Four youths were swept by a rating flood while trying to remove a pick-up van that got stuck in the sand around Kaltungo Local Government Area of Gombe State on Wednesday.

The high-powered delegation on Saturday led by the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Jatau, who urged the Mai Kaltungo and his subjects to accept the incidence as a divine providence, while lamenting the death of the youths who died in the process of eking out a living and left behind families and dependents.

Jatau said, “Your Royal Highness, we have always hoped to visit your Chiefdom during a joyous moment, especially that the Commissioning of the Mosque is around the corner.

“But as it is , according to divine arrangement, we have come on a sad note to condole with the Mai and the people of your Chiefdom over the death of four people who were drowned in a river. I enjoined us to accept this in good faith as God, our maker knows all.

“Since I have been told that, the drowning of people in the river is a yearly occurrence, we will direct the Commissioner of Works to make assessment and advised the government on the next line of action in order to stop this menace,” he said.

The Mai Kaltungo, Engr. Saleh Mohammed, appreciated the concern of the Government to sympathise with them over the deaths.

He said, “The position of Kaltungo is situated on hills and cliffs which makes formation of rivers possible. Our farms are located across rivers and our people must go to the farms to survive. This incident happened when one of our youths who owned a peugeot( pick-up) van got stucked in the sand while attempting to cross a river since there is no bridge. In the process they were drowned, and we lost four youths, in three families.”

“We are appealing to the state Government to come to our aid and stop this yearly incidences of loss of lives and properties. We are tired of burying our youths in the process of struggling to have ends meet,” the monarch said.

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