By Deborah Christopher, Abuja
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has donated relief materials, food items to victims of extreme flooding in Jigawa state which took the lives of a hundred and forty-four persons, washed away a hundred thousand acres of farmland, rendered others homeless. As many were driven from their communities by the flood.
Farouq expressed sadness over the flood that affected several local governments during her visit to the state on Friday 9th October, 2020. She said president Muhammadu Buhari had directed the ministry to activate the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately respond to displaced persons and other victims of the flood.
She said “The President, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR is concerned about the flood and had directed the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA to deploy some relief items, mainly essential non-food items that were distributed as pre-assessment support to the affected persons. We are here also with more relief items approved for distribution to complement the support of the State Government to the affected persons”.
Earlier the people of Jigawa prepared for the rainy season by making several water channels but the flood remained unstopped.
Earlier during a courtesy visit, the deputy governor of the state Alhaji Umar Namad representing Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar described the flood as a disaster.
He said the state had never experienced such flood even in the last 100 years.
Namad also explained how the flood has greatly cost the farmers a lot and pleaded with the federal government to come to their rescue.
Namad said “The most pathetic thing is that these farmers borrowed money to buy fertilizers to farm and now everything has been destroyed. We urge you to use your kind office to get fertilizers for the farmers so that they can farm and harvest crops before the dry season”.
The Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq in return promised that three hundred trucks of fertilizers were already being prepared for distribution to the state.
Locals governments affected by the flood in the state included Hadejia, Malam-Madori, Auyo, Miga, Kirikasamma, Kafin-Hausa, Guri, Birniwa, Ringim, Taura, Jahun, Kaugama and Maigatari.
Items donated include 5,952 mattresses, 5,952 nylon mats,
5,952 blankets, 5,952 mosquito nets, 200 cartons of detergent, and 200 cartons of toilet soap.
Food items donated are 2,976 bags (12.5kg) of Rice, 2,976 bags (12.5kg) of Beans, 2,976 bags (12.5kg) of Maize, 149 bags (20kg) of Salt, 298 kegs (20Ltrs) of vegetable oil, 496 cartons of seasoning and 248 cartons of tomato paste.
Also 4,500 bags of Cement, 4,500 bundles of Roofing sheets, 4,500 pieces of Ceiling boards, 1,000 bags of 3 inches Nails and 3,000 packets of Zinc Nails were also donated to the state to help put up makeshift shelters for the affected persons.