Flood Victims Protest Over Diversion Of Relief Materials
Flood swept through their community in Sokoto State some 8 years ago, but they are still struggling to get relief that the government had provided.
They could no longer sit and watch while their lives were made miserable since the flood destroyed their property at Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
Now, they are protesting, claiming that government assistance and package intended for them have been diverted.
The victims in their hundreds comprising women, men and children marched into the 400 housing units initiated by the immediate past administration of Senator Aliyu Wamakko.
The project had been inaugurated by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, on May 28, 2015 with about 200 houses completed, with 200 others uncompleted. Some of the uncompleted buildings were in foundation level.
Speaking to reporters, the Coordinator of the demonstrators, Mr Aliyu Bako, said the aim was to call on the government to come to their aid as many of the victims have remained homeless.
“We are embarking on a peaceful demonstration today to demand for the pledge made by the government to provide us shelter as victims of the 2010 disaster in Goronyo.
“As you can see since 2015 when the project was inaugurated, we have not heard anything from the government concerning the completion of the houses or allocating them to us.
“Moreover, even the four people given their certificate of occupancy during the inauguration were collected back by the officials,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted Bako as saying.
The coordinator alleged that the government had received so much support from various organisations within and outside the country on behalf of the victims.
“But we have not heard of such support received by the government on our behalf, as no one had been given any assistance of such.
“As such we appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the matter.
“This is to assure the people that the government is truly committed to fighting corruption from the grassroots,” Bako added.
One of the community elders, Mr Muhammadu Madawaki, called on the government to thoroughly investigate the matter, alleging that he was aware that the government had paid for the 400 housing units, but the contractor abandoned the project at the end of the past administration.
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