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.