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Flood Victims Protest Diversion Of Govt Support



Victims of the 2010 flood disaster in Goronyo local government area of Sokoto State, on Friday, protested the alleged diversion of government’s assistance and package intended for them.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the victims in their hundreds of women, men and children, marched into the 400 housing units initiated by the immediate past administration of Aliyu Wamakko.

Speaking to newsmen, the coordinator of the demonstrators, Aliyu Bako, said the aim of the march was to call on the government to come to their aid because many of them are still homeless.

“We are embarking on a peaceful demonstration today to demand that the pledge made by the government to provide us shelter as victims of the 2010 disaster in Goronyo, be redeemed.

“Since 2015 when the project was inaugurated, we have not heard anything from the government concerning the completion of the houses or allocating them to us. Even the certificate of occupancy that was issued to four people at the inauguration was later collected by the officials,” Bako said.

The coordinator alleged that the government had received so much support from various organisations within and outside the country on behalf of the victims but nothing has been remitted to them.

“We have never heard of where such support is received by government on behalf of some people yet no one is given any assistance. As such, we appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the matter.

“Any action taken on our behalf will go a long way to assure the people that the government is truly committed to fighting corruption even at the grassroots,” Bako added.

Also speaking, one of the community elders, Muhammadu Madawaki, called on the government to thoroughly investigate the matter.

“We have the full assurance that the government paid for the 400 housing units but the contractor abandoned the project at the end of the past administration. We therefore want the government to investigate the matter and ensure that anyone found guilty is brought to book,” Madawaki said.