By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
Households of Birnin-Kudu, Gwaram, among other councils across Jigawa State have criticized their representatives for neglecting constituents, following the recent flood which ravaged the state.
The week-long flood was recorded in different locations in Jigawa State, resulting to collapsing of five major bridges of Birnin-Kudu, Gwaram, Baranda in Dutse LGA, Basurka, among other places and displacing over ten thousand households by rendering them homeless.
Most affected victims of these areas have chided their leaders and political appointees for negligence and not showing concern in rendering support to cushion their hardship.
“Since the occurrence of massive floods about a week ago, neither our governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar nor our Reps, Senators among other political appointees visited us, nor offered us assistance of foodstuffs or provision of hygienic shelter, leaving us dying in starvation, hunger and diseases”, a resident said.
According to one of them, Umar Zandam in Gwaram Council, “what will baffle you is that all the three broken down bridges along this axis were on highways which connect at-least six states with a Senator and two members of House of Representatives, but they care not to dedicate a single day to visitat us, as if we are foreigners.
“Right from Governor Badaru, amongst our elected political appointees, none of them ever showed face, they were all no where to be found, talkless of consoling over the tragic happenings”, one of the affected victims of Kiyawa Council flooding, Shehu Kiyawa said.
In Miga Council for example, the Council Chairman, Hon. Adamu Sarki Miga was absent from his council, a week to the flood, according to a resident.
They further pointed out that the area’s flooding consumed two lives and massive destruction of hundreds of mud houses, and loss of over N1m farm products, among other domestic utensils.
Investigations however, revealed that apart from Kiyawa Council Chairman, Alh. Nasiru Ahmed who ordered for prompt shelter, foodstuff, medication, among other support to most victims of the flood menace, most council chairmen remained adamant in providing succour to their affected victims.
Not left out in neglecting the victims include members of the state executive, among other Jigawa State political appointees.
Findings revealed that recently, the Federal Government through the office of the Minister Humanitarian and Disaster Management, has dispatched different consignments of relief materials worth several millions of Naira for disbursement.
discovered that large proportion of the relief materials were yet to be disbursed to the state flood disaster for unknown reasons.
Findings has uncover that most of the items were stored in different.locations of jigawa state perhaps to be disposed during 2023 campaign periods.