by Paul Osas
The Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR), co-chaired by President of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and legal icon, Mr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) has concluded plans to build new houses to replace the ones washed away by the floods.
The 34-man committee, which was inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan is charged with raising N100 billion to assist victims of the devastating 2012 floods.
In a statement, the committee said it has called on reputable companies to submit bids for building of houses as well as provision of essential amenities in the 22 affected states.
The states include Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Rivers and Taraba.
Besides the construction of houses, the committee called for bidding for the provision of potable water in the affected states.
The statement says the specifications for the work includes construction of units of 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom flats and community centres in the affected states. Also, the project includes procurement and installation of mobile solar powered packaged water treatment plant and mobile generator powered water treatment plant, procurement and installation of solar powered hand pumps and rehabilitation of existing boreholes.
Already, the committee has been able to raise N11.35 billion of the required N100 billion. It has now threatened to publish the names of individuals and corporate organizations yet to redeem their pledges.