Victims of last year’s flood disaster in Jigawa State have accused members of the state’s Flood Resettlement Committee of negligence in providing them with adequate shelter, food and water, as promised, despite raking in N1.7 billion during the launch of flood appeal fund meant to alleviate their plight.
Spokesperson for the victims, Abdul Usman Karnaya, who disclosed this in Dutse, said they only heard about disbursement of the funds from the radio without seeing anything.
Karnaya said apart from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the late Emir of Dutse, His Royal Highness , Alhaji Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi, who assisted them with large consignment’s of foodstuffs, Gerawa Global Construction Firm, among other good Samaritans, no other person has come to their aid, in terms of provision of food, shelter, clothes, and water, including Jigawa State government.
Recall that Karnaya town was the first community settlement that was last year submerged by flood among the 16 Local Councils in Jigawa State.
Reports indicated that no fewer than 47,450 people were displaced, while 98 lives were lost to flood last year.
He called on both state and federal governments, philanthropists as well Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to come to the aid of Jigawa flood victims, as the situation was alarming last year. At press time, Dalhatu was yet to respond to inquiries sent to him.