Vanguard (Lagos)

5 February 2013

Nigeria: Flood - Why We've Not Disbursed N509 Million Relief Fund - Anambra SSG

Awka — THE N509 million generated by Anambra State for victims of last year's flood disaster that ravaged 60 communities in the state is still intact, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has said.

Obaze, who is the chairman, state flood disaster relief coordinating committee, said the money consisted of N500 million from the Federal Government and N9 million from other donors, adding that the amount was lodged in Anambra State flood emergency fund account.

According to him, all the resources spent so far in tackling the flood disaster, which totaled N128 million, are on account of the state government.

He explained that disbursement of the Federal Government fund and other donations would commence this month once the Board of Trustees reviewed the target sectors and needs assessment to determine the sector requiring the most critical intervention.

He, however, said that the state was looking forward to further disbursement of funds from the presidential committee on flood relief and rehabilitation to enable it support fully those affected by the flood.

Obaze said this became necessary in the light of the numerous Save Our Souls, SOS, letters received from financial institutions, cooperative bodies and individuals for loans obtained for farming which needed to be amortized.

He also said his committee would soon finalize the preparation of the state's strategic multi-sectoral plan to ensure that the implementation phase commences as soon as possible to reduce the hardship being experienced by the affected communities.

The SSG said in addition to the disbursement of funds which would soon commence, his committee would also recommend measures to be put in place to avoid future flooding, or to respond more proactively, should there be a recurrence.

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