Federal government to release N1.6bn relief for flood victims

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the release of the sum of N1.6bn as support to states ravaged by flood in some parts of the country.

He gave the directive at Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council, which he presided over.

Professor Osinbajo mandated the Ministry of Finance to immediately release the money to the sixteen States affected by the flood.

The move, according to Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, is to help cushion the effects of the disaster on Nigerians.

Adesina, who spoke while briefing State House correspondents shortly after the meeting said the money would be taken from the Federal Government’s Ecological Account in the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun was directed to release the money direct to the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA for onward distribution to the affected states, he said.

The Presidential Relief Committee was also directed to offer additional support to the affected States.

Mr Adesina listed the affected States to include Ekiti, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Lagos, Plateau, Sokoto, Edo, and Bayelsa.

Niger and Lagos states were at the weekend particularly devastated by flood, following torrential rainfall leading to several deaths.

Civil Service Strategy

The Council also approved the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Work plan, for 2017-2020, which dovetails into the administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

According to the Head of the Civil Service, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita,who also brief Journalists after the meeting, The new work plan intends to re-energise and modernise the federal civil service for better performance.

On his part, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello told State House Correspondents that the Federal Cabinet also approved the award of a N159 million contract for the engineering design of a sewer line to capture Katampe, Gwarimpa, Kado, and other districts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Another contract of N2.5 billion for the completion of Kabusa road, also within the FCT was approved. The contract is expected to be completed in 12 months,

Source: Voice of Nigeria