BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi –
Benue State deputy governor and chairman, Benue State Flood Relief Management Committee, Engr Benson Abounu, has denied the diversion of relief material meant for victims of the flood disaster in the state.
Engr Abounu in a media chat explained that what was misconstrued as diversion by the inmates of one of the camps was the movement of some materials to another IDP camp in the town.
“My attention was drawn to that particular incident, when the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA ) tried to move some relief materials to the Agan IDP camp but was resisted by the inmates who thought they were been diverted for other purposes”
He explained that though he ordered the return of those materials to the store as he was not informed of its movement and he never authorised it, the movement itself does not constitute diversion as the materials donated to the IDP camp at the Makurdi International market was meant for all the flood victims in the state, including those at Agan as well as those in the 21 affected local government areas.
“I was angry because the SEMA boss flouted my directives that no material be taken out of the International market camp without my knowledge.”
Engr Abounu commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his quick response to the flood disaster and Nigerians from all over the country for coming to the aid of the Benue people.
He disclosed that preparatory to decampng of the inmates, the government will carry out an integrity test on the buildings affected by the flood water to determine areas to assist the owners put them back to shape for habitation.
According to him, government will offer assistance to those that lost either their houses or properties to enable them begin life again.