By Ese Awhotu Abuja
As the victims of the devastating twin disasters of windstorm and market fire count their losses, the Director General National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja has assured the governor of the state that a Special Team would arrive the state yesterday (Tuesday) to assess the dimension of the tragedy that has claimed eight lives and billions of naira.
A statement yesterday by the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to Bauchi governor, Ali M Ali which gave the indication said the Director General was responding to a plea by the state governor, MA Abubakar who paid a courtesy and thank you visit to the headquarters of the relief agency.
The top management of the Agency led by the DG received Governor Abubakar who arrived the NEMA offices in the company of the Bauchi State Commissioner for Environment Rifkatu Samson, the statement said.
Maihaja revealed that the Assessment Team would determine the immediate needs of the victims, which, in turn, will guide the kind of immediate assistance required.
The NEMA boss lamented the extent of the disasters adding that its sheer dimension warranted immediate presidential visit.
Speaking earlier, Governor Abubakar had sought the assistance of the Federal Government for the victims revealing that his government had immediately inaugurated a relief committee, which has since swung into action.
He however, appealed to the federal government to come to the aid of the affected victims by resettling them and assisting in the reconstruction of their lives.
Governor Abubakar expressed appreciation to the President, Muhammadu Buhari for the quick response in visiting the state and consoling the victims of tragedies adding that the visit had confirmed how dear the people of the state were to the president.
The governor seized the opportunity to appeal to philanthropists, NGOs and well-meaning citizens to come to the aid of the victims.