By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N27.46b for victims internal strife and flooding in some states of the federation.
Governor of Kebbi State and Vice Chairman of the National Council on Food Security, Atiku Bagudu disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing State House Correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him the current intervention is an initiative of the National Food Security Council in respect of states affected by conflicts and insecurity.
He said the Council N8b for Adamawa, Plateau, Benue, Zamfara with 69,872 persons listed as beneficiaries across the states.
“FEC considered and approved two memos from the National Food Security Council. First it approved the intervention for states that have been affected by conflicts and insecurity, where many have been displaced from their homes and some are living in Internally Displaced Persons camps.
“While support has been given in terms of accommodation, food, welfare, the National Food Security Council considered the importance of helping them restore their livelihood activities, particularly agricultural activity.
“Council approved the memo by Mr. President and approved N8,558,529,755 for intervention in Adamawa, Benue, Borno, Plateau, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara. The beneficiaries are estimated about 69,872 people. The intervention includes provision of fertilizer, seedlings, chemicals, poultry and animals to enable them resume economic activity, ” he said.
The Governor also noted thayt last year’s unusual amount of flooding in some states had affected about 14 states which prompted the National Food Security Council to consider the impact of that flooding on the agricultural sector, food security, animal husbandry and fisheries.
Bagudu said the council approved an intervention in that respect totalling N18,942,818,912.14, adding that “Contracts would be awarded to 15 companies to provide seedlings, agro chemicals and fertilizers to 163,117 beneficiaries located in 14 states.
The beneficiary states in this cstegoty are Adamawa, Anambra, Beyelsa, Benue, Delta, Edo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Rivers, Sokoto and Taraba.
He said: “As part of the work of national food security council, other interventions have been considered and are being worked upon by the beneficiary community and also the livestock sector.
“ The Council had set up an enumeration committee which considered and approved the beneficiaries.”
He disclosed that the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, had also verified and approved the listed of beneficiaries sent by the states”, adding that “data and the process has lasted for over nine months”
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu also announced the approval of contract by FEC for the construction of Faculty of Arts in Adamawa State University, at the cost of N614m, under the funds provided by the Tertiary Education Funds (Tetfund).
He also disclosed that Nigeria had signed the Safe school declaration.
FEC also approved the award of contracts for five more lots as part of the clean up in Ogoni land, at the cost of N3039m
Council equally approved augmentation for water supply in Enugu state increasing the amount to N1.121bn from N 925m.