WIKKIDATA: Despite Deaths Through Flooding, Northern States Spend Zero Naira on Flood, Erosion Control in 2023

A WikkiTimes review of the 2023 budget performance report has shown that northern states spent N0 (zero naira) on erosion and flooding control in 2023.

The budget performance report shows that Kano state budgeted N277 million for erosion and flooding control in 2023 but spent zero naira.

Gombe state also budgeted the sum of N110 million but spent N0 (zero naira).

Zamfara state budgeted N150 million but spent Zero naira in the year for the purposes.

While Kogi budgeted the sum of N101 million for flooding and erosion control, only N1.92 million was spent, representing 1.9% of the money budgeted in 2023. Floods in Kogi State were devastating in 2022, submerging houses and leading to loss of lives, yet the expenditure the following year on flood and erosion control remained poor.

Kaduna, Bauchi Spend more Than Others on Flooding Control

In Kaduna state the sum of N177.8 million was budgeted with the sum of N45.9 million spent at the end of the year.

While Bauchi state budgeted the sum of N277 million、it spent only the sum of N115 million on flooding and erosion control in the year.

Deaths, Losses Due to Flood as Nigeria Predict Flooding in 2024

In 2022, Kano state was reported to have recorded 22 deaths due to flooding; at least three persons died in Gombe state .

UNICEF noted that the floods affected 34 out of the 36 states in the country, and displaced 1.3 million people. 

Over 600 people also lost their lives in the country and over 200,000 houses were either partially or fully damaged.

Monies budgeted for preservation of the environment are usually sourced from the ecological funds that have been subjected to controversies on management.

There have been a prediction that many states will experience flooding in 2024 with states such as Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe predicted to have high level of flooding.

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