HOW 10 MILLION NGN (US$ 50,000) IS BEING SPENT TO PROVIDE WATER IN JEKE, JIGAWA
Follow The Money to provide Water in Jeke #WaterJeke
The Story of #WaterJeke
In 2014, the government of Nigeria launched its Great Green Wall project with a 16 billion Naira Presidential intervention, which during our stakeholders meeting in November 2015, was confirmed to us to be 10 billion Naira and not 16 billion Naira. During our data mining sessions, we also gathered that 81,188,191 has been spent budgeted on some components of the Great Green Wall project in 2014 and 2015 by the Federal Ministry of Environment. The components of the Great Green Wall project in Nigeria includes the establishment of green wall or shelterbelt from Kebbi State to Borno State, a distance of 1,500 km and 15 km wide; Community Sensitization & Mobilization; Promotion of alternative sources of energy; Promotion of alternative means of livelihoods; Promotion of dryland agricultural technology; Provision of water and other social infrastructure.
The Great Green Wall project (GGW) in Nigeria is coordinated by the Ministry of Environment and the new Great Green Wall Agency, and meant to be implemented in 11 frontline states in Northern Nigeria – Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe and Borno; in 200 local communities in 43 local government, and impacting 15 million lives.
Jeke, in Sule Tarkankar LGA of Jigawa State in Nigeria is a beneficiary of the GGW Project. Estimated to have a population of 7,000 and just 500 meters away from neighboring Republic of Niger, this community waits on water to drip out of the only functioning tank which drips every 2 days.
This Follow the Money campaign calls on all concerned public agencies to uphold the public interest through accountable and transparent management of the funds that have been released to provide social infrastructure in Jeke. We invite the public to get involved in the Campaign today. Help us follow the money to provide clean water in Jeke Nigeria. This would help save time and money of these rural settlers, provide water for their livestock, and improve hygiene.
WATER NOW IN JEKE
May 2016: At our community outreach to Jeke, our community reporters confirmed the availability of water, has the 10 water points had been fixed, and now provide water for the community
TOWN HALL MEETING IN JIGAWA
May 2016: The team held a meeting with the state government representative liaising with the National Agency for the Great Green Wall and the beneficiaries. The stakeholders at the meeting decried the nonchalant attitude of the state representative who do not have recent information on the plight of the water source in Jeke
NO SIGN OF WATER IN JEKE YET
April 2016: Our team was in Jeke again to see if water is now available in the community. Unfortunately, the water source has not been fixed. ” But we made our land available for this project to start, and now we are the one suffering” lamented Yahaya Husseini
GOVERNMENT PROMISES TO TAKE SWIFT ACTION TO #WATERJEKE
February 2016: The team met with the National Agency for Great Green Wall to discuss the challenges we have seen on ground at Jeke. The Agency affirmed that the challenges were real and true, and that they have seen and heard our report on the community. They stated that they they have written a memo to to the federal government to release funds to fix the wind powered water source in Jeke.
TWEET-A-THON ON #WATERJEKE
December 2015: We held a social media Tweet-a-thon on #WaterJeke to highlight the progress seen in the community, and also recent challenges that the community is facing.
MEDIA ENGAGEMENT ON #WATERJEKE
November/December 2015: We were on radio to discuss the plight of Jeke, and how government agencies and other interested partners can help this community especially with the provision of clean water and hygiene.
THE QUEST FOR WATER IN JEKE
December 2015: In Jeke, community members carry these yellow containers about in search for water. The only source of clean water is from the Millennium Development Goal Water Tank which only pumps out water between 1 and 3 pm