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Zamfara State has:
Worst insecurity problem in NW #Nigeria
Over 20% of children out of school
Only 46.3% primary school completion rate
Least Early Childcare Development (ECD) centres in #Nigeria
MMR at 1,100 deaths per 100,000
Yet, the priority project of its new Gov is airport?
Zamfara's 2017 population was 4.7 million across 14 LGAs. It has 345 medical Drs, with 270 or 78% of them in the State capital, Gusau. The remaining 13 LGAs with over 4m ppl are served by just 75 Drs, i.e 1 Dr per 53,333 or less than 6 Drs per LGA.
With over 1,014,136 Women of Child Bearing Age (WCBA) in Zamfara, the state records 11, 000 Maternal Deaths annually. In other words, every day, at least 30 women will die during childbirth in Zamfara. For every 100,000 pregnant women, 1,100 will die
In Zamfara State, the fertility rate (average no of children that a woman will have in active reproductive lifetime) is 7.5 & a mere 22.3% of births are attended by a health professional
A 2012 investigation documented evidence of high MMR in Zamfara & concluded that "there is a need to improve the health system with an emphasis on interventions that will accelerate reduction in MMR such as the availability of skilled birth attendants."
in 2017, Zamfara State suffered an awful affliction of Meningitis which killed hundreds. While the rest of #Nigeria had to send medical professionals to alleviate this, then state governor, @AA_Yari2015, claimed it was God's punishment for fornication
While ppl were being wiped out in the state by insecurity, meningitis & maternal mortality, @AA_Yari2015 spent a huge chunk of the resources of the state first to build a new & "befitting" Sarkin Gida (Palace) for the Emir of Gusau
To prove his piety & presumably assist in warding off Allah's punishment for the epidemic of fornication that led to Meningitis crisis in the State, @AA_Yari2015 also invested in building over 140 mosques in the State
With 92% of the state living under $1.25 per day, Zamfara State reports the highest poverty levels in Nigeria. The state is rich in solid minerals & agriculture but it has been blighted by "poor governance, inept, selfish & corrupt leadership."
So, ths is the state where a new governor, accidented into power by judgment of the Supreme Court, has decided that the emergency priority is #ZamfaraAirport. The rationale, it seems, is to help rich rogues get away, when they've finished the destruction
On a Sunday, the last in ths yr's Holy Month of #Ramadhan, there'll be lots of pious #Nigerians praying today for Allah/God to save #Nigeria. Quite clearly, the problem is not with God. When Nigerians are serious abt saving ourselves, we're likely to find in God a ready partner./
For those asking: Zamfara State has a land-mass of 39,762Km². That's over 10,000Km² more than all 5 States of SE #Nigeria. Gusau LGA is 3,364Km². The remaining 13 LGAs add up to 36,398Km². So, for each of the 75 Drs who have to cover this, that is avg of 485.3Km² to cover.
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