by Isi Esene
The president of the federal republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Tuesday addressed the nation to intimate the public of efforts that are being made to alleviate the problems of states affected by flood disasters in the past weeks.
The state affected include Kogi, Edo, Ebonyi, Anambra, Oyo, Ogun State and others.
The president said the federal government will spend about N17billion to alleviate the problems of those affected and is prepared towards taking measures to prevent future occurrences.
He said it will provide relief for those affected by the flood saying it had funded states and federal agencies to accomplish the said task.
The president announced the constitution of a special committee which is expected to source funds in tackling the problem. The committee will be co-chaired by businessman Aliko Dangote and foremost human rights lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba. Mike Adenuga, Jnr will act as the committee’s chief funds mobilizer.
The president said the full membership of the committee will be made public after his address.
He disclosed that the affected states have been divided into four funding categories. The categories are segmented into A – D with states in category A getting N500million; category B, N400million; category C, N300million and category D, N250million.
He ended his address by assuring Nigerians that his administration is “fully committed to the welfare and well-being of all Nigerians.”