Jataka is a remote village in Tofa Local Government Area, with a population of about 13,460 inhabitants. The community has been deprived of a functional health facility, not even a common dispensary found in other remote areas. The closest health facility is Murtala Muhammmad Specialist Hospital in Kano metropolis about 45.8KM away. Due to this huge marginalization coupled with lack of access road to the closest health facility, members of Jataka community have recorded losses of so many lives including women and children.
#ConstructJakata has been kickstarted by The Follow The Money team in order to track the construction of a primary health care center at the community being implemented by Tofa LGA Council and hitherto ensure the attainability of the Sustainable Development Goal 3. Through this campaign, we call on all concerned stakeholders especially the Tofa Local Government Council to uphold public interest through being accountable and transparent in the usage of the funds already released for this project. We implore the public to get on board with us in following this money to ensure that construction of the PHC will be completed efficiently through joining us on www.ifollowthemoney.org
FOI Request Sent to Tofa LGA Chairman
25/09/2018: FTM Team sent a Freedom of Information request to Tofa Local Government Chairman, requesting for project implementation data on the construction of primary health care at Jataka. Find it here.
FTM team Went on a Community Outreach to Jataka
Jataka children appealing to Tofa Local Government Council to #ConstructJataka PHC
25/09/2018: FTM team went to the community to create awareness about the project and assess project implementation. Find the report here.
Community members not aware of project and implementation has not commenced
25/09/2018: On getting to the community, FTM observed that the project has not started and the community was not aware of the local government council’s plans to construct the PHC.
Pregnant women deliver babies at home
Picture of FTM Community Champion Fatima Musa with Representatives of Jataka Women
25/09/2018: Saude Danladi, a Traditional Birth attendant said “We have lost countless women due to the lack of maternity in Jataka. All our women used to give birth at home due to the distance to the hospital”.
Children lost to preventable diseases
25/09/2018: “I lost four children to the cold hands of death to treatable and preventable diseases due to the lack of hospital in this community” Usaini Garba Danamar the Youth leader said.
Community members travel afar to access health care
25/09/2018: According to the community leader, “the only hospital we have is dilapidated and most of the community members go to Murtala hospital in Kano municipal and other neighboring communities”. Watch full video here.
Community members to demand timely project delivery
Group picture of FTM Team, Fatima Musa Aliyu, Habib Sharrif with Jataka Community Members
25/09/2018: Jataka community members said they will nominate 5 people to go to Tofa Local Government Council to interact with the chairman who happens to be from the community and appeal to his council to implement the project within the scheduled timeline.
Media engagement for community members
14/10/2018: Follow The Money community champion goes to speak on Aminci Radio about the #ConstructJataka campaign while engaging the community members. Listen here.
Meeting with Tofa LGA Chairman
24/10/2018: Follow The Money Team went to Tofa Local Government Secretariat for campaign meeting with the Chairman Nafiu Garba Yarimawa. Our previous media engagements on radio and Televisions made Tofa Local Government Council to expand the #ConstructJataka due to the feedback from listeners to include Lambu – Jataka -Yarimawa road at the cost of N450,000,000. At the moment the council has sent a memo to the Ministry for Local Government for release of the funds. Both projects will kick off at the same time.
Townhall meeting for all stakeholders
22/11/2018: Kano State Follow The Money organized a town hall meeting bringing all the stakeholders concerned with the implementation of the school project to discuss issues relating to the project. In attendance were: representative from the Local Government, village head, youths, women, and media. Read the full report here.
Local Government Chairman refuses to attend town hall meeting
22/11/2018: Despite several promises to attend the Town Hall meeting, Alhaji Nafi’u Yarima The Executive Chairman of Tofa Local Government failed to show up and didn’t send any representative.