Information emerging from the national coordinator of the Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence (FJHD) and Warri-based lawyer, Ogenejabor Ikimi has revealed that the sum of N237, 700 million out of the sum of N500 million bequeathed to Delta State has been approved to tackle the menace of flooding in the state.
Ikimi, who is also a member of the Delta State Committee on the Management of Federal Government Fund and Post Flooding Rehabilitation of Victims made this known in a statement made available to journalists on Monday, in Warri, Delta State. According to him, the committee had received the said money.
The lawyer, who said he was not out to run down members of the committee, called on Deltans, particularly flood victims, to put the members of the committee on their toes by seeking accountability and probity at all times.
His words: “As a member of the Delta State Committee on the Management of Federal Government Fund and Post Flooding Rehabilitation of Victims and the national coordinator of the Forum for Justice & Human Rights Defence, (FJHD). I can authoritatively confirm to you that , Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, the governor of Delta State, has approved the sum of N237,700,000.00 (Two hundred & thirty seven million, seven hundred thousand naira) in the first instance out of the sum of N500,000,000.00 ( Five hundred million naira) bequeathed to the state by the Federal Government to enable it to tackle the flood scourge in the state.
“As I speak with you, the committee is in receipt of the said money and I make this clarion call on all Deltans and in particular the flood victims to always demand accountability from members of the committee since the above has to do with public funds. The essence of the above call is to further enhance probity and transparency in the work of the committee and not necessarily to cast aspersions on the integrity of members of the committee,” Ikimi noted.