MUST READ: BENUE DENIES DIVERSION OF RELIEF MATERIALS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

By Ede Ogaba Ede

Benue State Deputy Governor and chairman, Benue State Flood Relief Management Committee has denied the diversion of any relief material meant for victims of the flood disaster in the state.

Engr Abounu who featured today in a Channels Television news programme, News Across Nigeria explained that what was misconstrued as diversion by the inmates of one of the camps was the movement of some materials to another IDP camp in the town.

He disclosed that his attention was drawn to that particular incident last Sunday when the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA ) tried to move some relief materials to the Agan IDP camp but was resisted by the inmates who thought they were been diverted for other purposes.

He explained that though he ordered the return of those materials to the store as he was not informed of its movement and he never authorised it, the movement itself does not constitute diversion as the materials donated to the IDP camp at the Makurdi International market was meant for all the flood victims in the state, including those at Agan as well as those in the 21 local government areas affected.

He said he was angry because the SEMA boss flouted his directive that no material be taken out of the International market camp without his blessings.

Engr Abounu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his quick response to the flood disaster and to Nigerians from all over the country for coming to the aid of the Benue people.

He disclosed that in preparatory to decamping of the inmates, the government will carry out an integrity test on the buildings affected by the flood water to determine areas to assist the owners put them back to shape for habitation.

He explained that the government will offer assistance to those that lost either their houses or properties to enable them begin life again.

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