- Jigawa state government said it spent N27m to clear drainages in the state
- The government said the move was to prevent the outbreak of diseases
- It said each local government council received N1 million from the fund
Jigawa state government on Friday, August 10, said it had spent N27 million to clear drainage in parts of the state to prevent the outbreak of communicable diseases.
Alhaji Mohammed Wada, the director of Community Mobilization in the state Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Hadejia.
He said each local government council received N1 million for the exercise.
Wada also said that the exercise was aimed at keeping the environment clean and to prevent flooding, especially during rainy season.
“As part of the effort to keep the environment clean and to prevent flooding, the state government releases N27 million to local government areas for the programme.
“In 2016, N5.4 million was released to the councils for the programme and N55 million was disbursed to the councils last year to purchase equipment for waste disposal.
“It is our belief that if we continue spending to keep the environment clean, we will reduce the spread of malaria and avert the outbreak of epidemics,” he said.
The director urged community-based organisations in the state to register with the ministry to key into various community development programmes.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the chairman of Dutse local government area of Jigawa state, Bala Yargaba, accused a political opponent of instigating a mob action against him.
Yargaba was attacked by scores of residents in his local government on Monday, July 9, over claims that funds earmarked for the development of polling units were not disbursed to beneficiaries several weeks later.
Yargaba, however, later denied the allegations and blamed Musa Sule, a member of Jigawa House of Assembly from Dutse, of plotting the attack against him.
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