By Daniel Ayantoye
Two weeks after the pronouncement by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo for the immediate release of N1.6 billion intervention fund to flood victims across the country, Kwara State which is among the 16 state to benefit the fund is yet to receive its own share of the fund.
Refuting the rumors that the fund has been disbursed, the Kwara State Government said that it is yet to receive information regarding the release of the fund from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) saddled with the role of disbursing the fund.
Speaking with National Pilot in an interview yesterday, the Special Adviser to the Kwara State Governor on Relief and Emergency Services, Hon. Duro Muhammed disclosed that he has been carrying out adequate follow up to ensure the fund when released is utilised for its intended purpose.
He further explained that houses and farm produce were majorly affected by flood in various communities in the state.
Recall that the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina at a briefing after the Federal Executive Council meeting, recently said Ekiti, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Kebbi, Niger, Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Oyo, Lagos, Plateau, Sokoto, Edo, Bayelsa and Kwara will be benefiting from the fund.
According to him, the Minister of Finance has been directed to release the money directly to the NEMA for distribution to the affected states.