26 November 2012

Nigeria: UN Verifies Data On Kogi Flood Disaster

Lokoja — A United Nations development programme monitoring and assessment team has visited Kogi State to verify the data presented to it on the flood disaster.

Leader of the team, Roberts Jovel, said since Kogi was the worst hit, there is a need for such an exercise to determine the amount of money to be budgeted for in 2013, as well as to enable foreign donors assist the state in its rehabilitation efforts.

The representative of the Federal Government, Mrs, Folake Davis, in her speech, said the team's visit is aimed at bringing succour to the victims.

Mrs Davies, who said the team will assess damage done to property, added that Kogi is the first state to be visited. Responding, the state's deputy governor, Arc. Yomi Awoniyi, who is also chairman, post flood management committee, said the state technical committee is already working on a template provided by National Emergency Management Agency to give credibility to the data that will be collected and presented.

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