“Our town is chiefly known for the production of dry crops such as Guinea Corn, Onion, Rice, tomatoe and pepper, and I will like to add that we can produce as much rice that can feed the whole Nigeria” said Alhaji Mohammed Sambo Usman [Sarkin Gabas of Goronyo] as he welcomed us to his palace after a 100 km hitchhike from the Sokoto Metropolis on January 22, 2014.
Alhaji Mohammed affirmed that some villages within the town have been witnessing several flooding in the past years, always caused by the rise in water level of the Goronyo Dam. Villages that are mostly affected include Keta Village and Taloka Village, all about 20km from the Goronyo town where the palace is situated. Unlike Gutsura in Zamfara state, Taloka has been permanently and completely relocated to a new government – built facility for communities displaced by floods.
Consequently, the team decided to work at Keta Village, situated just behind the Goronyo
Dam. We sited a new health centre, as we proceeded to the village head
compound. Alhaji Garbi Jingi explained how they have been coping with incessant
flooding for 5 years. “We need the urgent construction of an elaborate
embankment that will protect the village from loss of their crops and farming
activities to flooding.
|Mobile Geo-tagging of flood plains within Keta Village|
|Conducting a group discussion with key community members|
|During the participatory mapping|
“We always lose millions of our farming produce to flooding during the last 3 years, and 3 people have lost their lives (2 women and a child) in the various disasters. As Keta village remains vulnerable to another flood, it is pertinent for concerned organizations to help strengthen this community by building a 5km long embankment, to prevent future disaster.