Batsari - Some 409 of the 2012 flood disaster in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State have received N8.2 million from the Federal Government’s relief funds.
Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf, Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Development, disbursed the money to the victims in Batsari on Wednesday.
Yusuf, who is also the Chairman of the Relief Funds Distribution Committee, said the Federal Government had released N300 million to the state government as relief fund for last year's flood victims in the state.
He said that out of the amount, a total of N170 million would be used for the construction of drainage, waterways and other development projects across the 34 local government areas of the state.
According to him, N130 million will be distributed to over 10 000 victims in the 18 local government areas affected by the flood as relief.
The special adviser said the state government had directed the committee to distribute the funds directly to all the victims of the flood.
Yusuf urged the beneficiaries to use the money to alleviate some of their difficulties.
Earlier, Alhaji Lawal Aganku, Batsari Local Government Caretaker Chairman, expressed appreciation over the state and Federal Governments’ assistance to the flood victims in the area.
He also commended Vice President Namadi Sambo for visiting the area in 2012 to sympathise with the victims of the flood.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that two weeks ago, 900 victims of last year's flood disaster in Sandamu Local Government Area of the state received N11.3 million from Federal Government's relief funds.