Vanguard (Lagos)

20 December 2012

Nigeria: Presidential Committee Assures Abia, Imo Flood Victims of FG's Support

Owerri — The Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, PCFRR, has assured the flood ravaged communities in Imo and Abia states, that they will be rehabilitated and given support for preventive measures against future occurrences.

Leader of the Visitation Group for Abia, Anambra, Imo and Cross River states, Mr. Tony Elumelu, who visited the communities, said the Federal Government, through the PCFRR, was bringing private sector approach to solving national issues. The visitation team, embarking on the first phase of providing relief and rehabilitation support to the victims in Imo and Abia, presented relief materials, including food items, mattresses and beddings, to affected communities.

During a courtesy call on Governor Rochas Okorocha in Owerri, Elumelu, who was accompanied by some members of the sub-committee, including fashion icon and wealthiest black woman in the world, Mrs. Folorunso Alakija, and Secretary-General of the Red Cross Society, Bello Hamman Diram, observed that the PCFRR would also support rehabilitation and preventive measures in concert with government agencies.

"This committee was set up to provide relief, rehabilitation and prevent future occurrence. It was bad that the flood occurred and people and communities were affected, but we will see better communities come out of it," he said.

Speaking at the event, Okorocha described the gesture as the highest form of sacrifice, which only a few people would do. According to him, it is instructive that the Elumelu-led team, despite huge economic achievements in various fields of endeavour, still showed commitment to the plight of the poor.

At Government House, Umuahia, Abia State capital, Governor Theodore Orji thanked the team for its support and presented a comprehensive report of the affected communities and plans to provide succour.

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