Daily Trust (Abuja)

3 December 2012

Nigeria: Flood - Delta Closes Displaced Peoples Camps

The Delta State government has closed all camps opened to cater for the recent flood-ravaged victims in the state, Dr Tony Nwaka, the Commissioner for Special Duties, has said.

Nwaka told newsmen in Asaba that the closure which started on Oct. 30. was concluded on Friday, with the ones at Ogbe-Ijoh in Warri South-West.

Twenty two camps were set up by the state government for internally displaced persons in the 14 local government areas affected by flood.

The government announced the provision of N174 million as allowance, comprising N5,000 to every adult and N3,000 to every child, willing to leave the camp.

It was gathered that the measure was informed by the fact many of the victims started leaving the camps to participate in the farming season.

"The remaining camp, out of the two in Ogbe-Ijoh, was closed on Friday, and that was the last camp to be closed in the state. With that, we have officially closed all camps for persons displaced by flood in the state", Nwaka said.

He, however, said that relief materials donated for the victims will soon be distributed to them.

Meanwhile, the committee on the management of Federal Government funds to Delta for post-flooding rehabilitation of the victims, stated that it would soon begin distribution of farm inputs to affected farmers.

Chairman of the committee, retired Justice Francis Tabai, said cassava and yam seedlings would be among the inputs for distribution.

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