EN­VI­RON­MENT Dan­gote writes states, de­mands N1.2bn flood money

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Alex Abutu, Abuja & Hir Joseph, Lafia

Aliko Dan­gote-led Pres­i­den­tial Com­mit­tee on Flood Re­lief and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion has writ­ten to state gov­er­nors urg­ing them to redeem their pledges made af­ter the 2012 flood dis­as­ter in the coun­try.

Daily Trust re­calls that each state of the fed­er­a­tion made a pledge of N50 mil­lion at the Pres­i­den­tial Din­ner or­gan­ised by Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan in hon­our of vic­tims of the dev­as­tat­ing flood which ren­dered over 18 mil­lion Nige­ri­ans home­less.

Two years af­ter, how­ever, the com­mit­tee es­tab­lished to col­lect the funds has still yet to get pos­i­tive re­sponse from the states, Daily Trust has learned.

Iron­i­cally, the states, in­clud­ing Nasarawa, where a to­tal of 95,538 In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) were recorded, in not less than nine lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas hit by the flood dis­as­ter, are, on the other hand, ex­pect­ing in­ter­ven­tion from the com­mit­tee, Daily Trust learned fur­ther.

Per­ti­nent to add that the states have since re­ceived from the federal govern­ment an ini­tial in­ter­ven­tion funds which most of them have not been able to give an ac­count of how the monies were ex­pended, while vic­tims of the flood dis­as­ter are still suf­fer­ing from their losses.

Daily Trust in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that since the pledges made in 2012, the com­mit­tee chair­man, Aliko Dan­gote, per­son­ally, wrote to the states four times, re­mind­ing them of their pledges and the need to ful­fill them.

In the last let­ter, the com­mit­tee chair­man in­formed state gov­er­nors that only two states, namely, Ebonyi and Abia, have ful­filled their pledges.

Daily Trust made in­quiries at the Nasarawa State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NASEMA) where the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Dr. Ab­dul­lahi Idris, con­firmed that the state has re­ceived four letters from Dan­gote on the need for it to ful­fill the 2012 pledge.

He con­firmed that Nasarawa has not redeemed its pledge made to the the Dan­gote-led pres­i­den­tial com­mit­tee, but Dr. Idris added: “The gover­nor of Nasarawa State is re­spond­ing se­ri­ously and pos­i­tively on the let­ter from Aliko Dan­gote.

“We were in­formed in the last let­ter that only two states so far have paid. We hope to be the third state to ful­fill our pledge be­cause the gover­nor is tak­ing this mat­ter se­ri­ously.”

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