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Gov. Uduaghan Flags off the Distribution of Farm Inputs to IDPs

Governor Uduaghan has flagged-off the distribution of high yielding cassava cuttings, yam seedlings and farming inputs to internally displaced farmers of the recent floods, as part of the rehabilitation efforts of the State.

Hundreds of anxious farmers who were gathered in groups Monday at the Anglican Girls’ Grammar School, (AGGS), Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area, received cassava stems and other items offered them by the state government.

The governor, who was at the AGGS camp to supervise the exercise, disclosed that the distribution of the farm inputs was derived from Federal Government N500 million intervention funds to assist the IDPs resettle in their various communities after the flood.

The exercise was witnessed by the Deputy State Governor, Prof Amos Utuama, the Secretary to the State Government, Justice Francis Tabai, Chairman, Delta state Committee on the Management of Federal Government Fund, Misan Kubeyinje, Commissioner for Agric., Dr. Tony Nwaka, Commissioner for Special Duties, and other top government functionaries.

Governor Uduaghan explained that the exercise was in fulfilment of an earlier promise during his visit relief camps and pleaded with officials to be cautious in their distribution of the items.

“I beg you in the name of God do not short-change or divert these materials to other persons or channel them for personal use. Let them get what they are supposed to get because that is why we have trust in you”, he said.

In his address, Uduaghan thanked the IDPs for comporting themselves during their stay in the camps, assuring them that as far as God sustained and abetted them from the floods, the state government will also do its best to ensure that they quickly pick up the pieces of their lives.

He reassured the people that the government would support them adequately, adding that adults and youths who are yet to benefit from the state government’s N5, 000 and N3, 000 gesture would be paid without further delay.

Also speaking, the chairman of the committee managing the disbursing of the N500 million grants for flood victims, Justice Frances Tabai (Rtd) said that the distribution of the cassava cutting and farming tools was to compliment efforts of both the federal and state government to ameliorate the plight of the flood victims.

Meanwhile, the government has directed that a committee be constituted in each of the impacted local government area, to comprise of a representative of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), local government transition committee chairman and the Division Police Officers, as a measure of ensuring sanity in the exercise.

Post Flood Assistance: Affected farmers to register with the State Ministry of Agriculture

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Barrister Misan Ukubeyinje, has called on large scale farmers whose farms were ravaged by the flood disaster to register with the State Ministry of Agriculture in order to benefit from government’s assistance.

Barrister Ukubeyinje who gave the advice during a meeting with the farmers held at Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) Office, Ibusa, disclosed that plans were underway by both the state and Federal Governments to assist the farmers with free improved seedlings, and fertilizer, among others, aimed at resuscitating their farms.

According to him, the meeting became imperative so as to discuss and proffer solutions on the way forward on the aftermath of the flood disaster.

The commissioner disclosed that the Federal Government would supply 1,500 metric tons of grains to the people affected by the flood disaster in 14 local government areas of the state.

Recognizing the contribution of large scale farmers to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state, Ukubeyinje assured that farmers meet with Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan soon to discuss how best government can assist them.

Responding, Barrister Raymos Guanah, Gerry Ossai, General Paul Omu (Rtd), among others, pleaded with the government to assist them with farm inputs, herbicides and prepare the farm lands to revive their farming business.

Hope for Farmers as Govt. Collates Data of Flood Victims

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has directed the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Missan Ukubeyinje to make available, statistics on the recent flood disaster, following the allocation of 49 trucks of food items to internally-displaced persons in the state.

The Governor gave the directive at a meeting with the Flood Fund Management Committee, political appointees and lawmakers to review the conditions in the relief camps.

Uduaghan urged the ministry to draw up a programme to assist farmers in the affected areas participate in the next farming season, adding that the farmers should be classified into categories for the programme.

His words: “You should make statistics on the farmers available. They should get high-yielding and disease-resistant seedlings for the next planting season”, he said.

He warned against manipulating the data or using the situation for personal gains, adding that the programme is dependent on accurate figures on the number of farmers affected by the flood.

The commissioner itemized crops to be given to the affected farmers to include sorghum seedlings, rice, beans and maize, and cassava stems, adding that the aim it to enhance the farming activities of the farmers.

More IDP’s Graduate From Skills Acquisition Scheme; 520 Receives Starter Packs

As more Internally Displaced Persons graduate from the Skill Acquisition center, the Delta State Government has awarded starter packs worth millions of naira to 520 flood victims in the state.

The beneficiaries, who received training in various skills at the relief camps, were presented with the certificates of the starter packs by the wife of the state governor, Deaconess Roli Nere The beneficiaries include 220 graduands at the relief camp in Oleh and 300 graduands in Kwale.

Presenting the certificates to the graduands at Saint Michael’s College, Oleh and at the Kwale Township Stadium, Mrs. Uduaghan prayed that through the starter packs, God will help them to thrive in areas where they have received training.

The Governor’s wife thanked God for making it possible for the victims to acquire the training, and prayed that through the skills they have acquired, they would become financially independent.
She encouraged the IDP’s to have faith in God who had turned their situations around.

Her words: “God has turned your misfortunes around for good and whatever the situation, you must have faith in him.”

At the Oleh camp, the Governor’s wife prayed for 27 new born babies and their mothers who came out to thank the Governor for providing them with medical facilities at the camp.

In addition, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Community Development, Mrs. Betty Efekodha said that about 556 enrolled in Oleh camp for the skills acquisition programme but at the end, only 220 completed the training.

Reports from Kwale camp by the coordinator, Mrs. Mercy Ashibogu, indicated that of the 5,000 persons registered who in the camp, 300 graduands were trained in various skills including tailoring, soap making, hair dressing, bead making, catering, hat making and iron bending, while about 20 persons graduated from the driving school and that three of them are already employed.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Power and Energy, Hon. Charles Emetulu and the Special Assistant to the Governor, Chief George Ugboma thanked the Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan for ensuring that the welfare of the flood victims is of utmost priority.

UNICEF Lauds Gov. Uduaghan for Swift Response to Flood Victims; Pledges Post Flood Assistance

The United Nations Children's Fund, has commended the Delta State Government for its quick response to the plight of victims of the recent flood disaster that ravaged several communities in the state.

The commendation was given by a representative of the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), Mr. Ibrahim, Thursday, when he paid a courtesy call on the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Roli Uduaghan in Government House Asaba.

Disclosing the aim of the tour by the UNICEF team, Mr. Afal said they “....were on a post flood disaster monitoring tour to the state to see how they could assist the state government in tackling the post flood challenges.”

He said members of the team have visited the 22 camps set up by the state government for the internally displaced persons and were impressed by the state government's effort in ensuring that the IDPs live a better life after the flood.

His words: “Governor Uduaghan has shown a vivid evidence of commitment and purposeful leadership in the manner he managed the flood disaster in the state”; adding that UNICEF is ready to partner with the state government in ameliorating the hardship the devastation might have caused.

The UNICEF representative also commended the Master Care Foundation (MCF), headed by the wife of the governor of Delta State.

Responding, Mrs. Roli Uduaghan said, “the meeting is a dream come true“, adding that, the state government is passionate about the welfare of the people and the IDPs, which led to the formation of a committee to address the post flood issue.

She intimated the UNICEF team of the activities of the MCF which includes the payment of school fees for orphans in government registered orphanages; provision of cassava mills and seedlings for female farmers; provision of toilet and bore holes for schools; training and provision of Starter Packs for widows and other empowerment programmes aimed at putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged in the society.

Mrs. Uduaghan thanked UNICEF for their willingness to partner with the state government in addressing the post flood challenges.

She promised that MCF foundation will not relent in its efforts at reaching out to the less privilege in the society especially children, widows and orphans.

Delta to Benefit from FG Distribution of Food to Flood Victims

To complement the efforts of the state governments towards ameliorating the sufferings of flood victims, the Federal Government has announced that it will begin the release of food items to flood victims today.

The decision of the government is contained in an official statement issued yesterday by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The ministry disclosed that a total of 40, 000 metric tons of food items are to be taken from the silos and distributed to victims.

The statement disclosed the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina will be at the Ogoja silos today; the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Bukar Tijani will be at Jos and Gombe silos for the distribution, while food items would also be released from the Ibadan silos.

The statement added that similar ceremonies would be performed at other silos by respective federal, regional and state directors of agriculture on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, in Makurdi, Ilorin and Akure.

Odusote said additional releases would hold on Thursday, November 22, 2012, in Jahun (Jigawa state); Minna (Niger state); and Irrua (Edo state) by the same time as on Wednesday.

The distribution of the items from reserves kept in strategic locations is coming on the heels of the release of financial aid to affected states.

Govt to Resettle Internally Displaced Person’s

Chairman of Delta State Flood Victims Management and Resettlement Committee, Rtd. Justice Francis Tabai, has said Delta State Government is committed to resettling the internally displaced persons in the state.

The committee chairman gave the assurance when his team toured five affected communities in Ughelli South, Patani and Burutu Local Government Areas over the weekend.

The tour, which was aimed at assessing the impact of the flood on the communities with a view to finding measures to aid the resettlement of the victims and prevent future occurrence, took the team to Kiagbodo in Burutu Local Government Area, Uwheru, Ewu, Otu-Jeremi in Ughelli South and Bolu-Agiama in Patani Local Government Areas of the state.

Tabai, who revealed the shocking discovery of the disastrous impact of the flood on the coastal communities of the state, said that though the flood was a natural disaster which cannot be blamed on anyone.

He assured that the government would do its best to ensure that every community affected was given adequate attention in the post flood arrangement

The Rtd. Justice called on Deltans and other residents in the state to support the government in putting in place certain measures to prevent future occurrence of the flood.

The committee which was set up by the state government and led by the retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Tabai, has been mandated to come out with a blue-print on the resettlement of the flood victims, the management of the N500m provided by the Federal Government and state measures to put in place to forestall future flood disasters.

To achieve its set goals, the committee has toured all the sacked communities in the 13 local government areas of the state and is set to make recommendations as the people in all the communities visited are calling for aids to begin life afresh.

Flood: 11,810 Internally Displaced Persons Leave Oleh Camp

Following the decline of the flood which ravaged a list of coastal communities, it has been recorded that about 11,810 internally displaced persons residing in Oleh Camp in Isoko South L.G, have returned to their homes.

According to Mr. Lasisi Sunday, an official of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, many flood victims, who were seen documenting their names, locations and local government of origin with passports attached to their forms for easy identification, are returning home as a result of the receding flood in the area.

Recalling the total number of persons in the camp, it was reported that the 15,450 internally displaced persons at Oleh Camp, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State have now reduced to 3,640 persons

He commended the State Government, individuals and corporate organizations for caring for the internally-displaced persons through the donation relief materials and food items.

Meanwhile, in a report from Ozoro Camp at Notre Dame College, Mr. Lazarus Adheke, the group leader at the camp said about 1,500 persons were still in the camp as others had left to their various homes as the flood has receded.

Adheke also thanked the state government for rising up to the occasion and public-spirited individuals for their contributions to the victims.

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