Ikeja - The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it had received the N700 million promised by the Federal Government, following the 2010 flooding that devastated the state.
Tunji Bello ,Commissioner for Environment, said this in Ikeja at the 2013 Ministerial Press Briefing organised to mark Gov.Babatunde Fashola's sixth year in office.
The commissioner said the money, drawn from the Ecological Fund, was released to the state not too long ago,adding it was being utilised by government to build houses for the victims of the flooding.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that a heavy rain in 2010, forced the massive release of water from the Oyan Dam on Ogun River,causing flooding and attendant destruction of communities in Ajegunle area of Ikorodu, Lagos.
President Goodluck Jonathan visited the site of the flooding a few days after the incident and promised to assist the state to rehabilitate the victims.
``We are happy we have gotten N700 million from the Ecological Fund and we are proud to say we are using the money judiciously to rehabilitate the victims.
“ Gov. Babatunde Fashola last week conducted an inspection tour of the housing scheme and expressed satisfaction at the level of work done so far''.
He explained that the housing scheme was basically for the rehabilitation of the Internally displaced people, saying an enumeration had been conducted to ensure that only the victims benefited.
The commissioner also said the government had received N400 million out of the N17.6 billion approved by the president recently as direct financial assistance to flood ravaged states for disaster management.
Bello explained that the fund was intact as it had been kept in a special account; ”it would be expended at the appropriate time”.
"The N400 million Flood Relief Fund given last year, we have kept in a dedicated account. We usually use such money for resettlement programmes.”He said.
''Like every other donation, we put it in an account, when there is emergency situation, we utilise it. All other donations will be used for that purpose."