Jigawa Flood Death Toll Rises To 60 As State Government Shared ₦192.96billion To Pregnant Women

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The Jigawa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has said that the death toll in the flood that ravaged the state has risen to 60. It also said that 16 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps have been established to take care of those displaced by the flood, Native Reporters confirmed.

The Executive Secretary of the agency, Alhaji Yusuf Sani Babura stated this in a chat with reporters in Dutse, the state capital.

He said: “As of last week, 50 people have been confirmed dead. This week, six people were also confirmed dead; bringing the total to 56 who lost their lives in the flood disaster.”

He also said: “I also heard that a local canoe capsized and four people died in the incident, though we are yet to receive an official report on the occurrence.”

He said the agency has 11 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Jigawa (Hadejia area) two in Miga, two in Dutse, and one in Birninkudu local government areas.

The executive secretary, who stated that the agency is running all its operations on credit, said: “This is an emergency we cannot wait for long processes before we reach victims of the disaster.”

Meanwhile, the Jigawa State government says it spent N192.96 billion to implement its Maternal and Child Cash Transfer (MCCT) program between November 2021 and June 2022.

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Ibrahim Rabakaya, executive secretary, Jigawa State Rehabilitation Board, disclosed this during a three-day validation of Kaduna state’s Graduation Youth-Focused Social Protection program on Wednesday in Kano.

Mr. Rabakaya said the program was introduced in 2021 based on the successes of the cash transfer program that was implemented in the state by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Action Against Hunger (AAH).

He added that 20 beneficiaries were selected from each of the 287 political wards to address stunting among children under five.

According to Mr. Rabakaya, every 5,740 beneficiaries received 32,000, N4,000 monthly from November 2021 to June 2022, amounting to N183.68 billion.

He added that N4 million was expended as extra charges, N688.8 million on bank charges, and N4.59 million on automated teller machines cards.

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