Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Bayelsa Post Flood Committee Seeks N20 Billion

Yenagoa — The Bayelsa State Post Flood Management Committee is shopping for N20 billion to enable it successfully carry out its mandate, the Chairman Chief Francis Doukpola has said.

Addressing Journalists in Yenagoa, the Chairman said the committee would embark on a tour of the areas impacted by the flood to have first hand information on the most pressing and appropriate areas for intervention.

According to him, the tour would form part of an in- depth post impact assessment that would be the basis for a range of short, medium and long term measures to be coordinated by the committee.

He solicited the assistance of public spirited individuals and corporate organizations, including faith based groups to restore what he described as "the right physical conditions for our people and in rebuilding their resilience and productive spirit."

He urged the people to avoid making false claims, calling on the community leaders to do all in their powers to discourage and reprimand all acts of dishonesty that could impede the work of the committee.

Doukpola said the committee was already in custody of the N500 million donation made by Chief Mike Adenuga, adding that the committee would subsequently publish its account number and other relevant information to facilitate public support and participation.

He used the occasion to reassure the people of the state that the committee would do everything to justify the confidence reposed in the members.

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