Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dangote committee to build houses for flood victims


Some relief may soon be on the way for victims of the 2012 flood disaster in Nigeria, as the Dangote-Agbakoba committee is set to build houses and community centres for victims in the 22 affected states.
The Presidential Flood Relief and Rehabilitation Committee, co-chaired by business mogul, Aliko Dangote and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, on Thursday, invited bids from contractors for several projects to be carried out in the affected states.
In addition, the bid document made available to Saturday PUNCH, invites technical and financial bids from contractors for the construction of solar powered boreholes and the rehabilitation of existing ones in each of the affected states.
Other expected projects include the procurement of solar powered mobilewater treatment plant in each of the states and the procurement of generatorpowered mobile water treatment plant in each of the six geo-political zones in the country.
There was widespread flooding across Nigeria last year, which prompted President Goodluck Jonathan to set up a 34-member committee with a target to raise N100bn to provide reliefs for the victims.
The flooding reportedly killed about 400 persons and displaced over two million others in the affected states which included: Delta, Adamawa, Taraba, Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Niger, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Kogi, Kebbi, Yobe, Plateau, Taraba, Anambra and Kano.
The statement read in part, “The committee is desirous of executing severalprojects/programmes in line with its terms of reference and therefore invites interested reputable and qualified companies (manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, e.t.c.) to submit technical and financial bids…”
The statement further listed the scope of work as including the “Construction of units of 2-bedroom flats in each of the 22 affected states; construction of units of 3-bedroom flats in each of the 22 affected states; construction of community centres in each of the 22 affected states; rehabilitation of existing boreholes in each of the 22 affected states,” among others.
Meanwhile, the committee has had trouble meeting its N100bn target as many prominent Nigerians, who had pledged financial support defaulted. But such individuals have been enjoying tax incentives accompanying the pledges.

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