The Jigawa Flood
The Effects
Over 5, 000 villages water logged 2. Over 2 million people affected 3. About 90,000 hecters of farmland washed away 4. Crops such as millet, maize, guinea corn and rice as well as animals worth n4.5bn destroyed. 5. Local governments affected hadejia, guri, auyo, malam-madori, ringim, taura, kafin-hausa, kiri kasamma, jahun, miga and kaugama.

Donations To Victims
The former president and PDP presidential aspirant General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida = 600 bags of rice and one truck of blanket and assorted items 2. The former vice president and PDP presidential aspirant Alhaji Atiku Abubakar = N10m 3. The former national security adviser and presidential aspirant General Muhammed Aliyu Gusau = N5m 4. The business mogul Alhaji Aliko Dangote = N50m and 9, 000 cartons of macaroni and spaghetti 5. Kwara state governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Bukola Saraki = N10m.

Delegation from the federal ecological fund office led by the deputy director Mr. Bamidele Joel Ajide 2. Delegation from the national emergency management agency (NEMA) led by Alhaji Zanna Muhammad, director administration 3. Senate committee on water resources, led by its chairman senator Bassy Ewa Henshaw.

What Governor Sule Lamido Has Been Saying: The Hadejia River which emanates from Kano state passing through Jigawa and Yobe states flowing into the Chad basin has the capacity to feed Nigeria through all year irrigation farming. The idea was conceived by Late Audu Bako with the construction of Tiga, challawa and Gari dams with channelization of waters for agricultural purposes but the Federal Government took over the projects and mismanaged them which had turned into misfortune for the people of Jigawa state. Accused Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority of negligence of duty.

If the authority which was established to manage the dams was doing its job well, the catastrophe witnessed would have been averted. Kano, Yobe, Borno and Jigawa state governments should come together and take over the management of Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority as the authority had failed to live up to its responsibility. Need to change the approach to emergency management in Nigeria.

Government’s bureaucracy always poses threat and unnecessary delay to emergency management. It only happens in Nigeria that, whenever there is disaster, government will ask for application, permission and approving while people are dying owing to the calamity on ground”. Faulted the kind of relief materials NEMA usually send to victims of disaster like buckets, mats, towel, spoons and forks, saying such relief materials were mostly not connected with the case at hand.

Lamented the slow pace of Federal Government interventions on ecological disasters that have continued to ravage Jigawa state over the years. The degradation of Jigawa State Eco-system needs a holistic intervention from the Federal Government. If the federal government is sincere, it would have averted the issues of flooding, Typha grass, erosion and other ecological problems in the state.

What They Said When They Came Senate Committee On Water Resources 1. Federal Government to make budgetary provision in the next years appropriation for the dredging of water ways in Hadejia River Valley. 2. Typha-Grass blocked the water ways which resulted in overflow of water to farm lands. 3. Stressed the need for Federal Government intervention to address the menace. Federal Ecological Office 1. It will not be business as usual as measures are already been taken to ensure it prevents future occurrence of the disaster of this magnitude. National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) 1. Jigawa report has been sent to development partners including USA and Germany for immediate intervention. 2. Federal government is planning a separate intervention apart from the one being rendered by NEMA to assist the victims of the flood.
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