By Bukola Olasanmi
More that 50% of the internally displaced persons, IDP, of the recent flood disaster which hit Jibia town in Katsina state have left the Central Primary School camp Jibia where they were temporarily quartered in the aftermath of the disaster which occurred Sunday July 17.
The Executive Secretary of Katsina State Emergency management Agency, SEMA, Dr Aminu Waziri told newsmen on Monday in his office while giving an update on the incident that about 60% of the victims have received relief materials including cash supports.
He said that a joint committee involving personnel of the local government, state government, SEMA and NEMA were supervising the distribution of relief materials.
He said 466 houses have been verified as lost in the disaster while about 5o % of the IDPs have left either to joined their relations, seek refuge or rent apartments in areas they considered more comfortable with the cash refunds they have collected from us’’
‘’we also solicited and received medical supports, mobile medical laboratory, and sanitary facilities. We have received donations including cash and food stuffs from Philanthropists’’.
The Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, Dr Abdullahi Bichi Bappa was in Jibia on Monday and donated 100 bags of rice,100 bags of spaghetti and 23 bags of millet’’.
‘’I just received a call that the catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah is on his way to Jibia to donate relief item to the IDPs and I hope to be there to receive him’’
The SEMA boss further provided a breakdown of the total number of displaced persons to include 2604 persons made up of 65 adult males, 559 adult females, 1804 male children, and 908 female children
He said the agency had to carry out a head count of the victims to specifically categorize them according to their special needs, nutrition, diets and education
He said that so far N5m have been received as cash donations outside other relief materials