A cross section of famers affected by the recent flood disaster in Adamawa have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the relief and rehabilitation assistance given to them. The farmers in Numan, Girei , Fufore, and Lamurde local government areas expressed their views in separate interviews with newsmen on Thursday. They described Jonathan as “a good leader who has the feelings of his poor people in mind”. Media reports indicate that the accurate data of people affected by the recent flood in Adamawa, according to NEMA and Adamawa Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) was 11,663. The most affected areas included Fufore, Girei, Yola South, Yola North, Demsa, Numan and Lamurde local government areas with about 14 relief materials distribution centres.
Mr. Emmanuel Nbalang, a farmer in Numan Local Government Area said that the Federal Government’s relief materials were the first of its kind because the materials got to them directly. “This is the first time we are receiving a reasonable assistance of food items directly from the Federal Government.
“We express our gratitude to President Jonathan for identifying with us from high place during our suffering,” Nbalang said.
He complained that he lost a house, three farm lands and some domestic animals to the flood.
Nbalang expressed shock that only N450 was given to him, out of initially sum of N500 million released to the state government by the Federal Government. Similarly, Malam Muhammed Umar and Mr Philemon Njoboliyo from Fufore and Girei local government areas, respectively thanked the president for the gesture and also described him as a “visionary leader”.
The duo, once stationed at Gurin and Labondo internally displaced camps, however, protested that they had yet to receive any amount from the N500 million assistance donated by the Federal Government. They called on the Federal Government to inaugurate a committee of enquiry to investigate how the relief money was expended.
The state Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Walia Hamma, confirmed that the money was not channelled through the ministry but was released directly to the state government’s coffers. “The the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Yola, only received an allocation of 1,500 tonnes of grains in which about 750 tonnes are on ground and the distribution is smoothly ongoing, “ Hamma said.
In a reaction, the Secretary to the state government, Mr Kobis Aris, said the N500 million would be distributed to the affected local government areas according to the level of damages.