Alhaji Aliko Dangote
By Michael Olugbode and Jude Okwe
The Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation yesterday, visited the displaced persons camp in Edo State, where it donated relief materials worth millions of naira to the victims.
Similarly, Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has said the state government has commenced the building of 750 houses for people rendered homeless in some parts of the state by flood, just as the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, commenced the distribution of food items to victims of the flood disaster in eight states across the country.
Speaking when he led the team to Edo State, Co-Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, said the state was the first in the list of affected states to be visited.
While sympathising with the governor and people of the state over the flood disaster, Dangote said: “This committee is made of heavy weights from the various professions. They are not here to make money out of this. We are trying to see if we can raise one hundred billion naira. We had a fund raising at the villa at Abuja, and we have actually raised N12 billion.”
In his response, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for providing the leadership to galvanise support for the victims of displaced persons because the challenge of flooding was enormous.
He said: “I want to appreciate Mr. President for putting up such a high-powered committee who have laboured to get to the level where they are and whose compassion to share part of their resources in a coordinated effort to mitigate the sufferings of those affected, and give them hope. Mr. President has done extremely well. He has helped to tell us, as Nigerians, that we should be our brothers’ keeper in our time of need.”
“I want to assure you that only those who deserve to benefit will benefit. Your visit will give them a lot of psychological relief that people they have heard of and not seen, but this disaster has brought them to the local communities,” he added.