Tuesday, 29 September 2015

HON. UCHA CALLS FOR PRUDENT AND TRANSPARENT USE OF FUNDS AND RELIEF MATERIALS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

By Bemgba Iortyom.
Member of the Benue State House of Assembly representing Tiev State Constituency and Chairman, House Committee on Water Resources, Hon . Dominic Ucha, has called for prudent and transparent use of funds and relief materials made available by government and donor agencies for victims of flood in Benue State.



Hon. Ucha made this call at the camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) located at the Makurdi International Market yesterday while attending a stakeholders meeting to find ways of managing conditions of victims of the flood and also proffering lasting solutions to the problem of perennial flooding in the state.

According to the lawmaker, "I am here as part of my oversight functions, to assess the situation on ground, and be in a position to advise on the best way forward. I can say that I am satisfied to some extent with what has been put on ground, that govt. has chosen a camp site which affords victims a decent environment to live in. But at the same time, I call on the relevant authorities to ensure that all funds and relief materials coming from government and donor agencies are put to judicious and transparent use for the purposes they are donated for."

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker who ran neck to neck in the race for the speakership of the current Assembly with incumbent Terkimbi Ikyange of the All Progressives Congress (APC), further stressed that the state legislature has a responsibility to look into extant laws with a view to strengthening and ensuring their application by relevant organs of government to put a permanent stop to the recurring problem of flooding in the state.

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