21 March 2019

Nigeria: Govt Approves N27.46bn for States Hit By Insecurity, Flooding

The federal government yesterday approved the sum of N27.46 billion for states ravaged by insecurity and natural disasters, such as flooding.

Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, who is also the vice chairman of the Presidential Initiative on Food Security, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) weekly meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

The governor said that the intervention came under the National Food Security Council for states affected by conflicts and insecurity.

Bagudu said that the council considered the importance of helping the victims and approved N8billion for Adamawa, Plateau, Benue, Zamfara with 69,872 persons listed as beneficiaries

He said: "FEC considered and approved two memos from the National Food Security Council. First, it approved the intervention for states that have been affected by conflicts and insecurity, where many have been displaced from their homes and some are living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

"While support has been given in terms of accommodation, food, welfare, the National Food Security Council considered the importance of helping them restore their livelihood activities, particularly agricultural activity.

"The council approved the memo by Mr. President and approved N8.558billion for intervention in Adamawa, Benue, Borno, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara States. The beneficiaries are estimated at about 69,872 people. The intervention includes the provision of fertiliser, seedlings, chemicals, poultry and animals to enable them resume economic activity."

"Last year's unusual amount of flooding in some states had affected about 14 states which prompted the National Food Security Council to consider the impact of that flooding on the agricultural sector, food security, animal husbandry, and fisheries," he said.

Bagudu said that the council approved an intervention totalling N18.942billion, adding that "contracts would be awarded to 15 companies to provide seedlings, agrochemicals and fertilisers to 163,117 beneficiaries in 14 states.

The states are Adamawa, Anambra, Beyelsa, Benue, Delta, Edo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto and Taraba.

He hinted that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had verified and approved the list of beneficiaries sent by the states, adding that "the data and the process have lasted for over nine months."

The minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced the award of the contract for the construction of a Faculty of Arts in the Adamawa State University, at the cost of N614million, under the funds provided by the Tertiary Education Funds (TETfund).

The minister of Environment, Suleiman Hassan, said the FEC approved the award of contracts for five more lots as part of the clean-up in Ogoni land at the cost of N3039million.

He said that 16 companies had earlier taken over sites in January approved under the Ministerial Tenders Board.

Hassan noted "today, we have now awarded five more which are above the board at the cost of N3.309billion

The minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said that FEC also approved the augmentation for water supply in Enugu State to N1.121billion from N 925million.

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