Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday directed immediate release of N17.6 billion direct financial assistance to flood-ravaged states and victims.
In a nationwide broadcast, Jonathan said the fund was part of measures taken by the Federal Government to ameliorate the sufferings of victims of the floods.
He said the affected states would receive N13.3 billion while some federal agencies responsible for disaster management would receive 4.3 billion.
According to him, the affected states are categorised into four groups, A to D, based on the assessment of impact of the disaster.
``All category A States will receive N500 million each, category B States, N400 million each, category C States N300 million each and category D States, N250 million each.
``Category A states include Oyo, Kogi, Benue, Plateau, Adamawa, Delta, Bayelsa and Anambra.
Category B, Jigawa, Kano, Bauchi, Kaduna, Niger, Nasarawa, Taraba, Cross River, Edo, Lagos and Imo.
Category C, Kwara, Katsina, Gombe, Ogun, Ondo, Ebonyi, Abia and Rivers.
Cateegory D, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Yobe, Enugu, Ekiti, Osun, Akwa-Ibom Borno and FCT,’’ the president said.
To further intensify the intervention activities, the president said the Federal Ministry of Works was allocated N2.6 billion, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), N1.1 billion and Ministry of Environment, N350 million.
National Commission for Refugees was allocated N150 million, while the Technical Committee on Flood Impact Assessment was allocated N100 million.
Jonathan said NEMA had so far spent N1.314 billion to provide immediate relief materials for victims
He said the Ministry of Works had spent N556 million to repair collapsed bridges and reconstruction of bye-passes, while the Ministry of Environment had spent N95 million on sundry relief measures.
Jonathan said that upon the receipt of the final report of assessment of the impact of the flood from the technical committee set up, government would announce medium and long-term measures to check future flood disaster.
The president stated that he had also set up a committee on flood relief and rehabilitation to assist in raising funds to mitigate the pains and ensure the effective post-impact rehabilitation of victims.
The committee is co-chaired by Aliko Dangote, and Olisa Agbakoba, while Mike Adenuga will serve as chief funds mobiliser, he said.
He expressed government commiseration to the victims of the floods and gave the assurance that government would do everything possible to mitigate the impact.
The president said he and Vice President Namadi Sambo would visit some of the affected communities while the committee set up by government continued with its assessments of flood impact in states.