Jos — Vice President Namadi Sambo said yesterday that the federal government will provide more financial assistance to victims of flood disaster across the country.
Speaking at the Shendam Mini Stadium in Plateau State shortly after embarking on an aerial surveillance of areas affected by flood in the southern flank of the state, the vice president said the government decided to make more funds available to the flood victims in order to rehabilitate and fully integrate them back into the society.
He disclosed that government had already realised over N10 billion from donations in aid of the flood victims organised recently by the Presidential Committee on Flood Disaster in Abuja, adding that the fund will soon be released to the affected states .
The vice president disclosed that government had released additional fund to the ministries of agriculture and health to handle dry season farming as well as treat any outbreak of diseases in affected places.
The vice president did the surveillance of flood sites in Plateau State with the state governor, Jonah Jang, his Nasarawa State counterpart, Tanko Al-Makura, and Minister of Water Resources Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, among other government officials.
Speaking earlier, Governor Jonah Jang said the state government had already put machinery in place to commence dry season farming to augment any shortfall in food production that may have arisen from the flood which destroyed many farms in the state.
The governor who acknowledged receipt of N500 million from the federal government in aid of the flood victims, promised to make judicious use of the fund.
Chairman of Shendam local government area, Nicholas Nshe Kemi who spoke on behalf of the six local government areas affected by flood in the state in August expressed gratitude to the federal government for intervening to lessen the effects of the flood.