Daily Trust (Abuja)

17 January 2013

Nigeria: Katsina to Distribute FG's N300m to Flood Victims Soon - Masari

Katsina — Katsina State Government will soon distribute the cash and items donated to the victims of last year's flood disaster in the state by the federal government, the Special Adviser to Governor Ibrahim Shema on Poverty Alleviation, Alhaji Bature Masari, has said.

Alhaji Bature Masari said the state had received the donation of N300 million and about 20 trucks of assorted grains from the federal government for the victims, adding that the cash was presented to the state by the Vice President, Arch. Muhammad Namadi Sambo, in November last year.

Following the donation, he said the state government had set up a committee under the Special Adviser to the governor on community development, Alhaji Abubakar Yusuf Bindawa, to strategize the mode of distribution of the assistance.

Masari, who is a member of the committee, told Daily Trust that the committee had held its third meeting and had visited some of the affected local government areas.

Alhaji Masari said the committee was mandated to assess the losses recorded by the 18 affected local governments and determine the type of assistance to be given, adding that the committee was also expected to determine how much each of the victims should get from the N300 million donated by the federal government.

He said the assistance would be distributed according to the ratio of destruction and the loss recorded by each of the affected local government areas, assuring that Katsina State government would do justice in the distribution of the money and items donated to the victims of the flood disaster.

Alhaji Bature Masari said the state government on its part has resolved to construct adequate drainages in the affected local governments and ensure that people do not erect structures on waterways.

It could be recalled that about 10 persons lost their lives and property including farm produce, farmlands and houses were destroyed by flood in the state last year. About 2,000 houses and over 1,000 farmlands were affected by the disaster.

However, a section of the victims interviewed by Daily Trust have expressed concern over the delay, saying they were wondering why the state government was delaying the distribution despite the fact that it has a list of the affected persons.

One of the victims in Safana local government, who pleaded for anonymity, explained that ,"when the disaster occurred a team of experts visited this area and compiled our list with the intention of giving us assistance but since then we did not see anybody again in respect of the matter."

"Everybody is worried about the delay and nobody has explained anything to us, why; we all heard about the federal government's assistance but we are still waiting for the state government to give us our own share," he said.

Another victim in Kofa village of Kusada local government, who also preferred anonymity, said,"nobody gave us donation from the federal government but we learnt that it donated money and grains for us about two months ago."

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