HOW IS ABOUT 123 MILLION NGN (ABOUT $US700 thousand) BEING SPENT TO RELOCATE 570 HOUSEHOLDS IN GUTSURA, ZAMFARA?

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follow32 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!

follow32 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.

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The team with Gutsura Spokesman, just behind the new settlement at New Gutsura

follow32 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

 

follow32 GOVERNOR FINALLY VISITS GUTSURA

After several traditional media and particularly, our Tweetathon on #RelocatGutsura, the Governor of the state finally visited the New Gutsura 5 days after our Tweetathon that reached about 223,000 people online..The Governor promised that by end of July, funds will be made available to start construction of Buildings at New Gutsura
Follow The Money team in Gutsura

Our team during focus group discussions was informed about the Governors visit

follow32 8 MONTHS AFTER THE LAND HAS BEEN ACQUIRED

New Gutsura, the relocation site for the 570 households still remains a barren land after 8 months government stated they were to commence on the project. After so much wait, the privileged few amongst the community decided to relocate to this site. Unfortunately, for them after dugging 3 different wells, they could not reach water.

follow32 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.

follow32 LAWAL TALKS ABOUT THE URGENT NEED FOR RELOCATION

Lawal Ibrahim, while enumerating the impact said the flood claimed the life of a six year old boy and damaged farm produce worth about N9 million. In addition, the flood also destroyed homes and prevent members of the community from conceptualising any long-term sustainable development plan.

follow32 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