The Bayelsa State Post Flood Management Committee has exonerated former Governor of the State and Senator representing the West Senatorial District of the state of any wrongdoing in the handling of the 2012 flood donations.
According to the State Post Flood Committee, though the recent claim by the Non-governmental Organisation, HEDA, has been found untrue and a proved misinformation of the EFCC, the Committee only received a total cash donation of N552,000,000.
The copy of the Post Flood Committee, re-produced and signed by late Chief Francis Doukpola, the Chairman of the Committee and former Chairman Bayelsa Council of Elders and Mr Iniruo Wills, a former Commissioner for Environment, who served as secretary, stated that the Committee took further steps to ensure that houses that were affected by the flood were salvaged.
According to the statement obtained from the Secretary of the committee, Mr Iniruo Wills and made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, the Committee stated that the said NGO HEDA should apologize to Senator Dickson and Nigerians at large because the committee received a total cash donation of N552,000,000 from public spirited individuals during the 2012 flood.
Aording to the report, the Committee received N500 million from the Chairman òf Globacom, Otunba Mike Adenuga and the Bayelsa State Government under Senator Seriake Dickson authorized release of N32,000,000 million for administrative expenses and another N20 million for relief materials (Mattresses, Food Items, Medical, Consumables, Toiletries etc.)
The report stated that the Committee embarked on interventionist efforts in 350 communities ravaged by the flood to complement the efforts of the State’s Flood Emergency Relief Management Committee led by the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd). The Jonah John led committee was fully funded by the state government with no donor funds.
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, while affected communities benefited from food items and other consumables to complement earlier relief efforts by the State’s Flood Emergency Relief Management Committee led by the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah (rtd). The report read.”
It was stated further that a total of 140,000 bags of cement were donated to 350 communities each of which got 400 bags.
The committee categorically rejects the claim that it received N17.5bn for flood victims at any time.
The former Governor Senator Dickson had denied in an earlier statement that the state Government did not receive such funds while he was Governor and that the Government handed over the N500m donation by Mike Adenuga to the Post flood committee.