Owerri - The Imo Government on Thursday distributed cheques worth N75 million to some flood victims in Oguta and Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Areas of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beneficiaries were affected in the 2012 flooding that ravaged the council areas and other parts of the country.
The amount was part of the N400 million Federal Government cash intervention provided to cushion the impact of the disaster on the victims.
Distributing the cheques in Owerri, Gov. Rochas Okorocha explained that the amount received by the victims was in accordance with the losses the had sustained.
Accoring to him, the victims were categorised into four.
“Category “A” received N5 million each; those in category “B” got N3 million each, while those in categories “C” and “D” received N2 million and N1 million respectively.'
Okorocha, was represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Owerri, Mr Jude Ejiogu, said that the remaining fund would be used in executing welfare projects in the affected communities.
He listed the projects to include town halls with offices and boreholes that could be used as transit camps in case of any unforseen circumstances.
He advised the beneficiaries to make good use of the money by investing in agriculture.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Obi-Njoku, said that the money was shared only to individuals affected by the flood and not to communities or Community Government Councils (CGCs).
Obi-Njoku is also the Chairman, Committee on the Disbursement of Relief Materials and Rehabilitation of Flood Victims in Imo.
He said that the committee took time to ensure that all the victims in the 23 affected communities benefitted.
In his reaction, Mr Clement Uchenna, the Government Liaison Officer in Egwe, one of the affected communities, thanked the Federal Government for the gesture.