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N17.5b flood management fund: Bayelsa post-flood committee absorbs Dickson

The Bayelsa State Post-Flood Management Committee has absorbed former governor of the state Seriake Dickson of any wrong doing in the management of funds provided to carter for the victims of flood in the state.

It also disclosed that it received N552, 000,000 from public-spirited individuals during the 2012 floods.

A report obtained from the Secretary of the committee, Mr. Iniruo Wills, said the committee received N500million from the Chairman of Globacom, Otunba Mike Adenuga.

It stated further that the Bayelsa State Government under Senator Seriake Dickson authorized the release of N32, 000,000 for administrative expenses and another N20million for relief materials (mattresses, food items, medical consumables, toiletries, etc.)

The committee’s report was released following a petition by a non-governmental organization (NGO) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleging diversion of N17.5billion.

former governor of the state Seriake Dickson

The committee’s report indicated that the NGO misinformed the EFCC and should apologies to Senator Dickson and Nigerians.

The report said the committee embarked on intervention efforts in 350 communities ravaged by the flood to complement the efforts of the state’s Flood Emergency Relief Management Committee led by the then Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd).

It said the Jonah-led committee was funded by the state government with no donor funds

The report said: “Soon after inauguration, the Post Flood Committee embarked on the distribution of relief materials such as mattresses and medical consumables to schools, health institutions and youth corps members’ lodges.

“Affected communities benefited from food items and other consumables to complement the earlier relief efforts by the state’s Flood Emergency Relief Management Committee led by John Jonah.”

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A copy of the report produced by the Chairman, the late Chief Francis Doukpola, the former chairman, Bayelsa Council of Elders; and Mr. Iniruo Wills, an ex-commissioner for Environment, said the committee took further steps to ensure that houses that were affected by the flood were salvaged.

The report said: “Soon after inauguration, the Post Flood Committee embarked on the distribution of relief materials such as mattresses and medical consumables to schools, health institutions and youth corps members’ lodges.

“Affected communities benefited from food items and other consumables to complement the earlier relief efforts by the state’s Flood Emergency Relief Management Committee led by John Jonah.”

A copy of the report produced by the Chairman, the late Chief Francis Doukpola, the former chairman, Bayelsa Council of Elders; and Mr. Iniruo Wills, an ex-commissioner for Environment, said the committee took further steps to ensure that houses that were affected by the flood were salvaged. (The Nation)

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