Sokoto Flood: DPP blames Gov Wamakko for poor disaster management


Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (DPP) Sokoto state chapter, Alhaji Umarun Kwabbo AA has accused Sokoto state Government and Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto state over their roles in handling the disaster management and reliefs to the affected victims of the recent flood in over 234 villages across the state.

The flood victims are  in dire need of foods and other relief materials; majority without shelter, sleeping on bare floor of some Primary Schools and Dispensaries across the areas visited by our party officials.

In a statement signed by the party chairman Alhaji Umarun Kwabo AA said, there is need of urgent and necessary measures to avert spread of disease at some makeshift camps, as over ten days after the disaster, some victims are now faced with lot of problems, especially lack of drinking water, foods, shelter and clothing.

The party described State government media campaign of expending over 500 million naira to alleviate the suffering of the victims of disaster as misleading and bunch of lies.

Alhaji Umarun Kwabo AA, said, immediately after the happening of the disaster, DPP in Sokoto state set up powerful machinery of politicians to visit and coordinate distribution of some urgent needed relief materials assistance to some survivors' victims as donated by the party and some supporters.

It stated that, nothing as disaster relief material was distributed to some affected victims of flood who were trapped as result of over flooding of their only source of linkage with other visited communities in 45 villages at Goroyo, 14 at Sabon Birnin, 11 at Gwadabawa and 23 at Wamakko Local Government Areas respectively.

DPP said, Local government chairmen of some affected areas were not in the country when the disaster struck their areas, so how can they give such huge of money to victims within 28 hours as so claimed by the government propaganda?

The big question is when and where was the money shared and who are the beneficiary to such kindness of Wamakko's government?

The party, therefore, challenges the state government to give out all the necessary details of their breakdown on how they expends 500 million Naira assistance to the victims, so as to clarify the situation now that the Federal Government has shown their willingness to assist the victims.

According to the statement, the party commended the efforts of NEMA and Red Cross along with other individuals who have make a lot of sacrifices and commitment toward ensuring they give all the needed assistance to the victims which have tremendously help to doused psychological trauma and problem being experienced by the displaced persons.

The party commended the efforts of management of the Usman Danfodio University under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor for unwavering commitment to duty and their patriotism toward ensuring giving assistance to both students and community around.

The DPP urged International donor agencies and other well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of Sokoto people, as the disaster is still ravaging populace. It stated that Federal government alone cannot give the needed supports to all the victims.

The party while sympathizing with the victims of the disaster, calls on them to take the disaster in good faiths and urged for prayers against future occurrences.

By Haruna S T Sokoto