This Day (Lagos)

2 February 2013

Nigeria: Uduaghan Cries Out to FG for N10 Billion to Reconstruct Flood Damaged Facilities

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has cried out to the federal government to come to the aid of his State for the reconstruction of facilities and infrastructure damaged by flood across the State as it would be impossible for him to raise the N10 billion needed to repair and replace them.

He said while receiving the report of the Prof Chris Orubu Technical Committee on Flood Impact Assessment set up by his government which said that about 10 billion was required for the reconstruction of infrastructures destroyed by flood as well as the resettlement of victims of the flood that devastated the state last year.

Uduaghan promised to present the report to the Committee set up by the federal government on the matter as the enormity of the impact of the flood in the State was far above their capacity to handle.

"This problem is enormous for the state government to shoulder alone because it is not going to be easy for the state government to raise 10 billion naira for the reconstruction of infrastructures. The Federal government gave us 500 million naira grant but we have not touched the money as we have been spending funds from our coffers", he said.

He however pledged to ensure that early warning systems were installed to avoid a repeat of the devastating effect of the flooding which sacked several villages and urban centers.

Orubu who presented the report disclosed that 231 communities in 12 local government areas of the state were adversely affected, adding that no fewer than 220 primary schools and 84 secondary schools were damaged, 357 fish farms destroyed, while 753 market stores were affected.

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