Pres­i­den­tial c’ttee on flood to set up re­lief in­fra­struc­ture in 24 states – Dan­gote

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Chidimma C. Okeke with agency re­ports

The Chair­man, Pres­i­den­tial Com­mit­tee on Flood Re­lief and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, Al­haji Aliko Dan­gote, said the award of con­tracts for the pro­vi­sion of dis­as­ter re­lief in­fra­struc­ture in more than 24 states of the fed­er­a­tion will com­mence next week.

Dan­gote made dis­clo­sure at the end of a meet­ing of the com­mit­tee in Abuja, re­cently.

He said the mea­sure was long over­due, call­ing for the com­ple­tion of the projects on time.

He added that the com­mit­tee over­came the ini­tial set­backs oc­ca­sioned by de­lays in ful­fill­ment of pledges made by or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als dur­ing the fund rais­ing for flood dis­as­ter re­lief held in Oc­to­ber last year and was now set to achieve its man­date.

He said the com­mit­tee has enough funds to be­gin dis­as­ter re­lief projects which would ben­e­fit over 24 states.

Dan­gote said such in­fra­struc­ture would cater for dis­placed per­sons in the event of any dis­as­ter. These fa­cil­i­ties, he said, would have ad­e­quate wa­ter and power sup­ply to sus­tain the re­lief ef­forts, dis­clos­ing that the com­mit­tee was in­ter­ven­ing in other dis­as­ter ar­eas, such as in­sur­gency, apart from flood re­lated dis­as­ter.

He said a sub-com­mit­tee headed by Am­bas­sador God­knows Igali was work­ing on plans to in­ter­vene in a va­ri­ety of dis­as­ter sce­nario and will sub­mit its re­port next week for im­me­di­ate con­sid­er­a­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Also the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, who is a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee as­sured Nige­ri­ans of fair, bal­anced and eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion of dis­as­ter re­lief projects which, he said, would be sited on merit and need, de­void of po­lit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions and other sen­ti­ments.

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