Delta Flood Relief Committee Issues Cheques To Farmers, To Wind Down In March
The activities of the Delta State Flood Relief Committee will be concluded
in March after it began issuing cheques to owners of commercial farms. The
committee was set up in October 2012 to superintend the utilization of the
N500 million grant from the Federal Government to the state for the
provision of relief to victims of the 2012 flood.
The first disbursement of N237 million was made to the committee in March
2013. The money was used to provide 54,217 bundles of hybrid cassava;
546,632 yam seedlings; 50,000 plantain suckers; 72,474 sachets and seeds
of vegetable items (Okra, Green, Groundnut and Pumpkin) to the flood
The fund was also utilized as grant to 242 churches devastated by the
flood in the 14 local government areas impacted, construction and
rehabilitation of boreholes in the 14 councils, construction and
distribution of chairs/desks to 150 schools in the affected areas, and
procurement and distribution of drugs to health centres in all the
In December 2013, the state government released the balance of N262
million to the committee, which commenced work with it immediately. This
is being utilized in the construction of 46 new boreholes in communities
in the affected areas. More drugs have been ordered to increase the stock
at the health centres in the areas while additional N10 million has been
given as grant to the churches.
On Thursday, January 22, 2014, the committee commenced the distribution of
cheques to 170 owners of commercial farms destroyed by the flood in all
the affected local government areas. On the first day, 32 farmers received
cheques for amounts ranging from N500,000 to N1 million. The exercise was
concluded on Friday, January 31.
By the committee's programme, full utilization of the funds, through all
its activities, will be concluded before the end of March 2014.
The committee has Justice Francis Tabai (rtd) as chairman. Other members
are Prof. Pat Utomi, Arch-Bishop God-Do-well Awomakpa, Mrs. Florence
Ehinlaye, Paul Enebeli, Asanuvwie S. Oberhiri and Dr. Anthony Okwunze.
The rest are Engr. Owen Mordi, Olise Ifejika, Barr. Oghenejabor Ikimi and