In an effort to ensure adequate and immediate measures are taken to mitigate the effects of flood on people of the affected states, Youths Against Disaster Initiative (YADI), Abuja has counseled the various stakeholders on disaster management in the country to judiciously utilize the contingency funds for the purpose which they are meant.

This was revealed in a statement issued by the Initiative’s National Coordinator, Abubakar Jimoh in Abuja at the weekend while responding to the recent released contingency funds and emergency committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan majorly to reintegrate victims of the flood disaster into their various communities across the country.

“The established technical committee should quickly assess the impact of the natural disaster and judiciously utilized the fund to assist the communities to mitigate the socio-economic damage they have suffered from the incidence”, he said.

He said: “Although President Jonathan has announced the release of N17.6 billion as direct financial assistance to the affected states and some Federal Government agencies responsible for disaster management, however, there are various allegations of diversion of funds in some states including constant rapping and stealing in the relief camps. Adequate measures must be instantly put in place to curtail these social vices”.

Mr. Jimoh recommends that sufficient security should be provided for the affected victims in the relief camps, while the culprits of the attacks must be made to face the law. Also, other tiers of government at states and grassroots should avoid take advantage of the funds and strengthen emergency service of their communities to make meaningful impact in life of the people.

He commends the effort of various stakeholders such as National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Red Cross Society of Nigeria, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), United Nations, Nigerian Police Force (NPF), among others which have performed effectively so far in the search and rescue operations, and the provision of relief materials to the communities affected by the flood.

Abubakar Jimoh

National Coordinator, YADI