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Uduaghan orders official to refund camp funds

24 October 2012, 16:43

Delta - Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta has ordered a government official to immediately refund all funds he allegedly collected for the management of a flood victims’ camp in the state.

Uduaghan gave the order on Tuesday night at the Government House, Asaba, during a ``Flood Situation Review” meeting with political office holders.

He ordered the official, who was in charge at Illah flood victims’ camp, to refund the money collected since the camp was opened on Sept. 24.

The governor also directed the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Tony Nwaka, to enforce the order.

He said the official, who was deployed to the camp from the Bureau for Special Duties, should be removed from the camp immediately.

``I am surprised that the man was still allowed to remain in that camp for so long”, Uduaghan said.

Obviously irked by the alleged misdemeanour in the management of the camp funds, the governor expressed disgust at the spate of sharp deals that appeared to have characterised the management of flood victims’ camp funds.

``Any official misappropriating camp money, flood will run in the person’s stomach. If you enrich yourself at the expense of the victims, you will regret it.

``It is inhuman and unfair for anyone to deprive the victims of food, and people doing this will reap the reward; if it does not affect you now, it will certainly do so somehow, someday.

``You cannot short-change the flood victims to make money for yourself; such money will never be useful to you. You can never use it well for yourself,” he said.

Uduaghan, however, hinted that the government may increase the daily cash allowance for the management of the camps, adding ``I am going to be announcing the figures openly in all our meetings”.

He said that there was sufficient food to meet the needs of all the flood victims in the 24 camps in the state.



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