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Agency’s dissolution over flooding in Jigawa

Nigeria
The Guardian
22/09/2010

Apparently piqued by alleged lacklustre attitude of the Federal Government to addressing the devastating effect of flood on the people of Jigawa and other states along the bank of River Hadejia, Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa has called for the dissolution of the Hadejia/Jama’are River Basin Development Authority (JJRBDA).

Instead of the JJRBDA, Lamido canvassed a joint commission to be formed by the affected states.

He accused the commission of poor water management and urged the Federal Government to hand the JJRBDA over to the host states of Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno for better management.

The governor, who spoke to reporters in Dutse on the pathetic situation of the victims of the Jigawa flood, expressed his concern over what he referred to as “unnecessary bureaucracy” that has made it difficult for the people affected by the flood to be comforted.

He alleged that the JJRBDA management has not been handling the water from the Tiga Dam well based on current knowledge of water management.

Lamido said it was high time for the five host states affected by the recent flood to take ownership of the commission to manage the dam professionally with their own people in a manner that would be economically viable for the farmers rather than being destructive.

Continuing, he said in that way the states can take their destiny in their own hands and work towards ensuring the river is dredged for the water to follow its channel without causing flooding.

He recalled that about N1.4 billion was appropriated in the 2008 budget to take care of the problems, lamenting, however, that the JJRBDA failed to act according to the plans and the money was later returned to government’s coffers.

The governor disclosed that over five thousand towns and villages have been cut off from the rest of the country by flood in Jigawa, with over 90, 000 hectares of farm lands in 12 local councils of the state destroyed.

According to Lamido, there is over 500,000 hectares of irrigable land along Hadejia/ Jama’are River- line, starting from the western part bordering Kano State, Ringim Local Council to eastern end of Birniwa Local Council bordering Yobe State.

He said the scale of destruction was so massive that it was beyond the ability of the state and the affected local councils to successfully cope, and appealed for federal aid.

He lamented: “Jigawa is a very poor state; we are just trying to find our bearing from years of utter neglect of infrastructure and basic economic structure, and now we are confronted with this calamity.”

The governor explained that the flood was caused by the release of water from the Tiga Dam in Kano State, adding that the cumulative damage to farm produce and livestock was in excess of N4.5 billion. Lamido pointed out that having discussed the situation with the vice-president at the weekend in Abuja, the state was now awaiting presidential assistance. 
He commended Chairman, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, for donating N50 million and 5,000 cartons of Indomie Noodles to the victims.

El contenido de las noticias que se presentan en esta sección es responsabilidad directa de las agencias emisoras de noticias y no necesariamente reflejan la posición del Gobierno de México en este u otros temas relacionados.

    

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