For some of us, when there are disasters in other countries we helped and so we expect people to help us.
The Co-Chairman of the National Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation, Aliko Dangote, says his committee plans to generate N100 billion for flood ravaged states and flood victims.
Mr. Dangote, who was fielding questions from newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, expressed the readiness of the committee to raise the amount to complement government’s efforts at mitigating the effects of the disaster.
He said the fund would be raised from both local and international donors.
“What we are expecting next is for goodies to come, we are actually going to meet and we will try as much as possible to raise funds both locally and internationally to complement government’s effort in terms of making sure that our fellow Nigerians do not really suffer from this devastating calamity of flood,” the businessman stated.
“We will go round and see what needs to be done and also what government should do so that this thing does not reoccur again,” he added.
Mr. Dangote, Africa’s richest man, solicited the support and cooperation of all well meaning individuals and organisations in the realisation of the committee’s objectives. He said that the provision of relief materials and rehabilitation of flood victims should not be seen as the responsibility of government alone.
“We do not want to look at the flood disaster as a government issue. For some of us, when there are disasters in other countries we helped and so we expect people to help us.
“Government is doing its own but we, as private sector, we are very serious because we are donating our money out of our own goodwill,” he said.
He assured the flood victims that funds realised by the committee would be judiciously spent.
The National Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation was inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday. The committee is mandated to raise additional funds in support of government’s efforts to provide urgent relief for victims of recent floods across the country.
Some other members of the 34-man committee include lawyer, Olisa Agbakoba, co-chairman; and Mike Adenuga, the head of telecom company, Globacom.