The Vice President toured the affected areas in a helicopter.
The Vice President, Namadi Sambo, on Saturday said that the Federal Government had collected N10 billion as donations to resettle flood victims in the country.
“The donations were from individuals and organisations and we shall ensure they get to only the victims,’’ Mr. Sambo said in Shendam, Plateau.
The Vice President, who said this in his address to the victims and community leaders of flood-ravaged areas in Plateau South, after touring affected areas in a helicopter, did not say if the money collected is part of that the total N11.35 billion raised by the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation.
After touring the affected areas, the vice president referred to the destruction caused by the floods as “simply unbelievable, very devastating.”
He said that President Goodluck Jonathan was saddened by the development and stressed that the Federal Government was worried over the destruction of farmlands and bridges.
Mr. Sambo expressed government’s commitment to ensuring that the victims were settled and advised those affected to be calm. He said part of the monies realised had been released to the health minister to check against any outbreak of diseases in the affected areas.
“We also expect some special attention to the camps of the Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs), so as to ensure that there are no outbreaks of any diseases there in view of the usually abnormal situations there,” he said.
He said that funds had also been released to the agricultural ministry to purchase special seeds and other farm implements for distribution to farmers in the affected areas. The vice president said that steps had also been taken to ensure that the items were shared strictly to deserving individuals and communities.
He expressed gratitude to persons and groups that had seen the need to donate to assist the victims and promised government’s continued assistance to the victims.
“We are with you in this time of disaster and shall provide a shoulder to lean on. We are also committed to providing the dividends of democracy to particularly people caught in this difficult condition,” he said
The floods in Plateau hit eight Local Governments, claimed several lives, rendered thousands homeless, and washed away many farmlands and bridges.