Twenty two victims of the last year Hajj stampede from Sokoto State are still unaccounted for, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said yesterday while disbursing N69 million to the families of the 138 victims of the stampede.
Sokoto State had recorded the highest number of casualties in the country to the stampede, with 114 deaths, two injured and the 22 that are still missing.
Speaking while giving N500,000 assistance to each family of the victims, Tambuwal regretted that the Saudi Arabian authority had not yet made public the outcome of their investigation to unravel the remote and immediate causes of the stampede.
He said the whereabouts of the 22 pilgrims of the state were still unknown, and stressed that N500,000 assistance to each family of the deceased was in fulfilment of the promise he made when the tragedy occurred last year.
Also, the governor yesterday distributed farm implements and other poverty eradication tools as part of activities to mark this year’s Democracy Day celebration in Sokoto.
The items distributed included 1,350 pumping machines and 265 tricycles to beneficiaries in the 23 local government areas of the state.
In addition, Tambuwal launched mobile trash evacuating machines provided by the state Ministry of Environment for the ‘Clean Sokoto Initiative.’
Speaking at the event, Tambuwal described youth and women empowerment as of paramount importance to his administration, announcing that approval had been granted for the procurement of 4,000 units of pasta and confectioneries making machines to be distributed to women groups in the state.