The Jigawa State Civil Society Forum has called on the federal
government to use the ecological fund allocation to provide a lasting
solution to the perennial floods that kill many and displace thousands
Chairman of the umbrella of all civil societies in the state, (Civil
Societies Forum), Comrade Musbahu Basirika, made the call in an
interview with Leadership in Dutse
He said the damage caused by the flood is very devastating as over 20
people were confirmed dead, while over 100,000 displaced and thousands
of Hectares of farm lands washed away.
Comrade Basirika said instead of fire brigade approach given to the
perennial disaster through the distribution of relief materials to
victims, Federal government should think out of box to use ecological
funds to tackle the main causes of the disaster.
He said there is comprehensive report on the areas affected by the
flooding every year, and the measures that can be taken to control the
While given update of the flood, the executive secretary, Jigawa State
Emergency Relief Management Agency, (SEMA), Alhaji Yusuf Sani said, so
far, 24 people are confirm dead who were majority children.
The reports available to us indicate that four people died in Gwaram,
three in Babura, Ringim and Malam Madori local government areas, and
two in Birnin kudu and Guri local government areas respectively.
According to the executive secretary, “many of the victims lost their
lives as a result of building collapse caused by heavy rainfall in the
affected areas, and other washed away by over flooded river.”
Yusuf Sani added that over 50,000 families were displaced, while
hundred thousand hectares of farm produce worth hundreds millions of
Naira washed away by the flood.