Zamfara state Directorate Of Humanitarian Affairs, disaster management and social development has said that based on data received from the Federal bureau of statistics, over 6,354 people were killed in the state by bandits from 2011 to date.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Fa’ika Ahmed, in an interview with Newsmen in Gusau the state capital.
Hajiya Fa’ika Ahmed said, according to the report, 3,704 people were kidnapped, 4,016 houses were destroyed and 394,028 animals were rustled while hectares of farmland were submerged by flood in the state.
According to her, the Directorate has swung into action to see that they assist those affected by the attack across the state most especially women, youths and children with food items, clothes and empowerment, so that they can be relief of their suffering.
The special adviser also declared that so far they have empowered over 100 people with Sewing Machines, knitting machines,Generators, Keke for transportation among others, adding that the empowerment is a continuous process till its reached everybody.
Hajiya Fa’ika added that, the assistance and empowerment to the vulnerable people became necessary considering the fact that they don’t want to see IDPs camp in any part of the state due to it’s implication, such as raping and spread of communicable diseases that may cause another havoc at IDPs camp.
On floods the Special Adviser said, before the coming of rainfall, they have sensitized households in collaboration with the state ministry of environment and state fire service on measures to take to avoid flooding in their communities and most of them have taken proactive measures.
Special adviser added that, they have visited the area, and assisted them with 10 trailer trucks loaded with relief materials, such as Wrappers, blankets, cooking oil, and food items among others to the affected communities.
Hajiya Fa’ika further disclosed that 6 trailer trucks loaded with building materials which to include zincs, nails, ceiling, cements among others which would be given to them very soon.
According to the special adviser, before the coming of Bello Muhammed Matawalle’s administration, Zamfara state is rated as the most poorest state, as it reaches 92%, but now the situation changed, as we now reduced to 73%, this shows his commitments to providing job opportunity to be self reliant.