The Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation will commence the award of contracts for the provision of disaster relief infrastructure in more than 24 States of the Federation from the second week of April.
Chairman of the Committee and foremost industrialist man Alhaji Aliko Dangote disclosed this at the end of a meeting of the committee in Abuja on Friday.
Alhaji Dangote said the Committee had overcome the initial setbacks occasioned by delays in fulfillment of pledges made by organisations and individuals during the fund raising for flood disaster relief held in October last year and has progressed considerably in achieving the mandate of the committee. He said the Committee now has enough funds to begin disaster relief projects which would benefit over 24 States.
Dangote said such infrastructure would accommodate displaced persons in the event of any disaster. These facilities, he said, would have adequate water and power supply to sustain the relief efforts. He further disclosed that the Committee was Intervening in other disasters apart from flood related disaster, such as insurgency.
He said a sub-committee, headed by Ambassador Godknows Igali was working on plans to intervene in a variety of disaster scenario and will submit its report early next week for immediate consideration and implementation.
Also briefing newsmen, the Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri who is a member of the committee said NOA was working in tandem with other agencies to create sufficient disaster mitigation awareness at the grassroots level. He assured Nigerians of fair, balanced and equitable distribution of disaster relief projects which he said would be sited devoid of political considerations and other sentiments but based on merit and need.
Calling for support from Nigerians and international donor agencies, Omeri said there is no limit to contributions towards saving human lives and asked all Nigerians, including those who have made pledges to assist in disaster relief and rehabilitation funding to come forward and redeem such promises.