The Bayelsa State Post-Flood Management Committee has debunked claims by a Non-governmental organisation that it received the sum of N17.5 billion for flood victims in the state.
The NGO had in a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleged that the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Henry Seriake Dickson diverted the money to fund his re-election bid.
Acting on the petition, the EFCC had last week Tuesday, August 10, invited Dickson to respond to the allegations which he did and was asked to leave based on self recognition.
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Reacting to the issue, the Post-Flood Management Committee over the weekend said that it received a total cash donation of N552,000,000 from public-spirited individuals during the 2012 flood.
According to the Secretary of the committee, Mr Iniruo Wills, out of the sum, Chairman of Globacom, Chief Mike Adenuga donated N500 million.
The committee stated that the Bayelsa State Government under Senator Dickson authorised the release of N32 million for administrative expenses and another N20 million for relief materials, which includes, mattresses, food items, medical, consumables, toiletries, among others.
It further stated that it embarked on interventionist efforts in 350 communities ravaged by the flood to complement the efforts of the State’s Flood Emergency Relief Management Committee led by the then Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd).
The statement informed that the John Jonah-led committee was fully funded by the state government with no donor funds.
“Soon after the inauguration, the Post-Flood Management Committee embarked on the distribution of relief materials such as mattresses and medical consumables to schools, health institutions and youth corps members’ lodges, while affected communities benefited from food items and other consumables to complement earlier relief efforts by the State’s Flood Emergency Relief Management Committee led by the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd)” the statement said.
The Committee added that it took further steps to ensure that houses that were affected by the flood were salvaged, stressing that a total of 140,000 bags of cement were donated to 350 communities, each of which got 400 bags.
The post flood committee maintained that their coming out to debunk the allegation against Dickson, is a further proof of the misinformation the NGO supplied to the EFCC and therefore they should apologise to the former governor, Bayelsans and Nigerians at large.