Nasarawa plans N40m centre for flood victims
ALL victims of flood in Nasarawa State may soon be relocated as the state government has unveiled plans to spend N40 million to provide emergency shelter and hospitality to accommodate them at Gutau community within the state.
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura revealed this in Lafia, shortly after he returned from a sensitization tour of the area last week. He said government would try to provide temporary relief by setting up makeshift camps, 6kms away from the flood area. “We shall provide them with accommodation and utility facilities that will make their stay in the camp comfortable. “
The governor explained that for several months, government has made several efforts to relocate the victims due to fears raised by experts on the possibility of a more dangerous flood, but they refused, due to their traditional and ancestral beliefs.
But after the intervention of the paramount ruler of the area and the intensive sensitization exercise embarked upon by the state government, the people of Gutau have now agreed to move to a new area that will cost government N25million while N15million will be released to provide permanent accommodation for the paramount chief, Oche Agatu.
The Oche Agatu, Mohammed Gwanatu Gutau, told newsmen that his people were very happy with the development. He then expressed his appreciation to the governor for the intervention. “We hope that this intervention by the governor will help in alleviating the suffering of people displaced by the flood disaster that swept our entire community in 2012.”
Over 500 persons, including the traditional head of Gutau community are part of those affected by the flood that swept the entire area in 2012.