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Flood: Federal relief agency spends N17m on Rivers

25 October 2012, 15:19

Port Harcourt - Rivers Deputy Governor Tele Ikuru on Wednesday said the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had delivered relief materials worth N17.9 million to about 830,000 displaced persons in Rivers.

Ikuru, who was speaking at a news conference in Port Harcourt, said that 183 communities and property worth billions of Naira were destroyed by flood in the state.

The deputy governor, however, said that Rivers Government had spent more than N300 million to mitigate the disaster.  

"NEMA as a Federal Government agency responsible for emergency situation has only donated 500 mattresses and 200 bags of assorted food items since the flood started in the state.

"We feel that what they (NEMA) has given to us so far as a state is grossly inadequate and we expected them to have done more.

"We are aware that the Federal Government voted huge sum of money to NEMA and the world should know this so that the figures do not change later," he said.

According to him, we are not aware of any camp that NEMA has set up in the state because all the existing camps are the ones set up by the state government.

Ikuru said that Gov. Chibuike Amaechi had set up an 11-member flood relief committee to work with other agencies toward reducing the sufferings of displaced persons in the state.

He said that 26 camps were set up in Abua/Odual, Ahoada East, Ahoada West and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government areas mostly affected by the flood disaster.

The deputy governor said that relief materials provided by the state government included mattresses, mosquito nets and food items.

Others were fire woods, treated water, pillows, blankets and electricity supply to the resettlement camps.

On alleged mismanagement of relief materials, he said that it was criminal for village chiefs and community leaders to engage in favouritism and diversion of relief materials meant for flood victims.  

According to him, such act of criminality will not be condoned and defaulters will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Ikuru urged displaced persons to cooperate with relevant agencies, adding that more relief materials were being distributed to address the increasing number of persons affected by the flood.

He also called on the public and philanthropic organisations to complement government’s efforts by sending relief materials and donations through the state committee tasked with the responsibility.

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