Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state on Saturday announced plans by the state government to legally empower traditional rulers in the state to assist in ending the construction of houses on water ways, which the government has had in mind for the past few months.
Masari who made the declaration while flagging off payment of compensations to persons affected by the phase one intervention urban network project for Katsina town flood control under the Kastina Nigeria Erosion and watershed management project -.PNEWMAP held at Katsina local government Secretariat, said the current haphazard construction of houses at new settlements in major towns leading to flooding could be attributable to activities of land speculators, ward, village and District heads in the towns. Flood has been disturbing and making many homeless in the state of Kastina.
He further cited examples with houses built in streams behind city walls along kukar geza road in Katsina metropolis.He also convinced the return to the old system of appointments of sanitary inspectors to check the indiscriminate disposal and dumping of wastes in drainages leading to blockages that could cause flooding of the state, many people are guilty of this, we need a cleaner system.
land officers at the local government level are to blame for some of the indiscriminate sales of plots of land leaving new settlements without access roads he added
‘’ Katsina state in the last five years obtained over 3000 requests from communities for the control of flood, erosion and relevant issues’’.
‘’To date, government had provided 120 flood and erosion control projects thereby benefiting sites in over 150 neighborhoods across the nook and crannies of the state’’. but more efforts need to be done.
‘’Under the NEWMAP, the state government had paid 500 million Naira cash in to government counterpart fund account and also participated over one billion Naira in kind’’.He noted that the event at Jibiya was meant to inaugurate the fulfillment of the state government’s obligations in the resettlement action plans for four project sites, which include the payment of comensation to all the persons affected by the project. Most people are now homeless because of erosion and flood in the state.
In an address, the State’s Commissioner of Environment, Alhaji Hamza Sule Faskari revealed that in the last five years, the Ministry of Environment had enforced many flood and erosion control configurations in urban and rural areas of the state.
The projects include overcoming of threat to a school in ketare of Kankara local government, kagana in Faskari, Charanchi Pilot Primary school, flood control at inwala, Yso fareKaurakingarin kayaking in kofar kaura and so on.
Other projects executed by the Ministry, according to the Commissioner are kayauki perennial floods control projects in Batagarawa local Government, Mahuta flood control drainage in Dandume local government and the diversional channel constructed at Malumfashi to influence quality and eased affluent discharge of water into Turo dam in Malumfashi
The representative of the National Coordinator of NEWMAP, Social and livelihood Specialist of the project, Mrs Ruth Mshelia commended Governor Aminu Masari for the settlement of counterpart funding to the project.