HOW IS ABOUT 123 MILLION NGN (ABOUT $US700 thousand) BEING SPENT TO RELOCATE 570 HOUSEHOLDS IN GUTSURA, ZAMFARA?
Help us Follow The Money meant to #RelocateGutsura!
THE STORY OF #RelocateGutsura and FLOOD VICTIMS
In 2012, one of the worst flooding in history of Gutsura in Zamfara, Northern Nigeria was witnessed. 2,000 people were dispaced and crops worth millions of Naira were destroyed .
Since the disaster in 2012, the about 3,000 people that resides in Gutsura have been waiting and looking up to their relocation to a new site, as recommended. In 2013, same magnitude of disaster struck, this time killing a 6-year boy. According to information garnered from the community, Gutsura has been experiencing flooding since 2003, thus making it a flood proned community.
In a PRESS RELEASE dated September 10, 2013, the Executive Secretary of the Zamfara state Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Atiku Maradaun confirmed that the Zamfara Government has said it would spend over NGN120 million to relocate Gutsura village of Gummi Local Government Area due to persistent flooding. He said the government had earmarked NGN105 million for the building of 570 houses in the new settlement, adding that NGN18 million had been paid as compensation for the land acquired.
Accountability and Transparency in spending
Since September 2013, building of houses have not commenced, and the rains will soon start. It is not news that previous funds provided by the Government for the community disappeared before they reach Gutsura. This must not happen again. The people of Gutsura village, as well as Nigerian tax payers deserve accountability in their public spending.
The Follow the Money campaign calls on all public agencies to uphold the public interest through accountable and transparent management of these funds. We invite the public to get involved in the Campaign today. Help us follow the money to Gutsura!
GUTSURA RECEIVES GOVERNMENT COMPENSATION IN LIEU OF HOUSING UNIT
August 2015: After several deliberation with NGOs, Community Members and the Department of Flood and Erosion on the feasibility of building 570 housing units, the government provided funds to each household for them to set up their own building.
GUTSURA EXPECTANT AFTER GOVERNORS PROMISE
As the Gutsura community awaits the end of July mark, the Follow The Money team, had another outreach to Gutsura. this time the community had witnessed flooding. Likewise, the team sent a Freedom of Information Request to the State Emergency Management Agency on the funds meant to #RelocateGutsura
GOVERNOR FINALLY VISITS GUTSURA
8 MONTHS AFTER THE LAND HAS BEEN ACQUIRED
SPOKESMAN LAMENTS ABOUT THE GUTSURA CASE
Tukur Mohammed blamed lack of fund as the major impediment delaying their relocation. He also alleged that government agencies appeared to have played politics with relocation of the flood victims in the communities hence the idea of getting them a permanent abode is no longer being discussed.
LAWAL TALKS ABOUT THE URGENT NEED FOR RELOCATION
Stories in the News
(Rural Reporters) Stop The Lip-service, Relocate Gutsura
(The Punch) Surviving the hazard: From Yakasawa to Gutsura (The Nigerian Observer Tuesday, Sept 10, 2013, Pg 7) Flood: Zamfara to relocate village
(Blueprint) Tales from Zamfara flood victims
(Daily Times) Zamfara state to spend N200 million to relocate flood-prone village
(BLOG) Gutsura Residents Need Safe, Clean Water
(Orient Newspaper) Zamfara Loses Crops Worth N1bn to Floods
(The Nation, October 25, 2012 Pg 4) Lamentations from Rivers, Zamfara over flood victim’s fate
(Daily Trust) FLOOD: 5 Women give birth in Zamfara Camp
(Nigeria Best Forum) Women, Children Float As Flood Sacks Another Zamfara Village
(Naij) Zamfara Lost Crops Worth N1bn to Floods in 2012 – ZEMA
(Peoples Daily August 29, 2013 Pg 6) Zamfara task agency over flood victims
(Daily Trust) Nigeria: Flood – Five Women Give Birth in Zamfara Camp
(National Mirror) Zamfara disbursed N300m to disaster victims in 2012 –Officials