Politicians occupy houses meant for flood victims in Lokoja

Politicians occupy houses meant for flood victims in Lokoja
August 22 01:37 2016

The 235 housing units constructed for victims
of the 2012 flood disaster in Kogi are being
 occupied by politicians and other unintended
beneficiaries, the News Agency of Nigeria
reports.

The houses, located at Old Polytechnic
 Quarters, Lokoja, comprise two-bedroom and
one-bedroom flats.
The estate was built with donations received
from the federal government, corporate
organisations and other philanthropists.

NAN, however, reports the houses had been
converted to other uses including nursery and
primary schools and other purposes different
from what they were built for.
Some of the illegal occupants were discovered
to control between two and three houses at
the expense of the people they were meant
for.

Some of the victims of the disaster expressed
disappointment on the manner the issue was
handled by previous governments in the state.
They complained that the former
administration of the state had reneged on its
promise to allocate the houses to them before
vacating office.

Yakubu Abubakar, a victim, said he had been
waiting endlessly for the house. He urged the
state government to distribute them to the
affected persons.
Another victim, Ohiani Gomina, said although
allocation letters had been distributed to the
affected persons, they could not move in due
to government’s failure to eject the illegal
occupants.
Aminatu Saleh, also a victim, said it was
 disheartening that the state government could
 not fulfil its promise four years after the
incident.
She urged the government and other
stakeholders to come to their aid, alleging that
most of the houses had been allocated to
politicians and other influential persons.

When contacted, the Special Adviser to the
Governor on Media and Strategy, Abdulkarim
Abdulmalik, said Governor Yahaya Bello, was
aware of the problem.
He said the problem was one of the numerous
inherited from the immediate past
administration, assuring that the issue would
be investigated soon.
“We are going to look into the matter to
ensure justice, the houses belong to the victims
of the 2012 flood disaster.
“The victims will get the houses back,” Mr.
Abdulmalik said.

(NAN)