The Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Co-chaired by business mogul, Aliko Dangote, and human rights advocate Olisa Agbakoba has diverted part of the N17bn it realised from donations to rehabilitate the 2012 flood victims to other uses. Dangote had announced that a sub-committee, headed by Ambassador Godknows Igali, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Power, was working on plans to intervene in a variety of disaster scenario and would submit its report in the first week of April for immediate consideration and implementation. “We didn’t have much flooding in 2013 and the rainy season has not reached its peak yet this year. We believe that millions of Nigerians are in need, and that calls for the need to provide between N750m to N800m to assist them,” Dangote explained.

Many communities in the country are affected by communal conflicts in recent time. This, according to the committee, propelled it to move beyond its terms of reference and wade into the problems of the people.
The committee, considering the effects of conflicts in parts of Nigeria perpetrated by the Boko Haram insurgency and feuding communities, decided to extend its tentacles to non-flood related emergencies.
This intervention, according to Alhaji Aliko Dangote, was also informed by the fact that anticipated high level floods in the country did not occur in 2013.

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