22 November 2012

Nigeria: Flood - ACN Chieftain Challenges Al-Makura Over N400 Million Relief Fund

A Chieftain of Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) in Nasarawa State, Hon. Nurudeen Omar has challenged Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to give account of how he spent the N400 million made available by the federal government to cater for the flood victims.

Omar, who made this known to LEADERSHIP, said the governor should come out openly and explain what exactly he did with the money, adding, "I have never seen the governor leading his commissioners and advisers to the camp to share medications, mattresses and giving first aid at the camp".

Reacting, however, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Hamza Elayo Mohammed, described the allegation as spurious explaining that the state government has set up a committee to devise modalities on how the funds would be expended with a mandate to submit their report within two weeks which is expected to elapse this week.

Elayo who stressed that no kobo of the earmarked funds for the flood victims has been touched, said the state government was taking its time to enable it do a thorough assessment in the interest of the victims.

In the same vein, the Secretary of the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA), Dr. Abdullahi Idris, said the N400 million had been deposited in a dedicated account awaiting the setting up of a special task force which would be saddled with the responsibility of disbursing the funds to the affected communities and victims.

"The governor is passionate about the plight of these flood victims and is going to inaugurate an expanded task force inclusive of members from the affected areas who will commence the disbursement of the funds and I want to also tell you that the over N50 million expended so far on the flood victims is not part of the N400 million Federal Government intervention fund".

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