Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
The Director General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Ahmed, yesterday said the agency is yet to receive the $1million donation from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the support of flood victims in 2022.
The NEMA boss stated this when journalists asked to know about the funds promised and widely celebrated in 2022.
Recall, the US Embassy, in a statement by its Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard had announced the donation in October 2022.
The US had explained that the unusual heavy rainfall, which resulted in flooding, had affected nearly 2.8 million people across the country.
The statement added that many homes had been damaged or completely destroyed, displacing millions of persons.
The US Government stressed that the $1 million in new USAID support would allow local partners on the ground to provide emergency shelter assistance, relief commodities, and hygiene kits to promote safe and healthy practices amid the on-going cholera outbreak and multipurpose cash assistance for people affected by the devastating floods.
Part of the statement read: “The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $1 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to support the people affected by unprecedented flooding in Nigeria.”
However, after over 10 months now, NEMA, the lead agency in humanitarian response, is yet to get the donation.
According to the DG NEMA, “I also read about the story in the papers last year but I can confirm that we have not received any $1million from USAID.”
Meanwhile, the Director General of NEMA has also assured Zamfara State of the readiness of the agency to assist in addressing the humanitarian problems caused by bandits and terrorist attacks.
He stated this yesterday when the Governor of Zamfara, Dr. Dauda Lawal, visited him at the headquarters of NEMA in Abuja.
He said: “First, I commend the governor to appreciate NEMA for the interventions and I assure you that Zamfara will get all the assistance they need just like other states of the federation.”
Earlier, the Zamfara governor said he was at the NEMA headquarters to seek assistance with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) resulting from several bandit attacks in the state.