The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Bayelsa State has said N16 million donation by Governor Seriake Dickson was used to address the problems faced by Christian victims of the last year’s flood disaster.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Affairs and an official of CAN, Mr. John Peters, said that though the donation was made at the height of the 2012 flood crisis that ravaged six local government areas of the state, the sum of N733,435 was received in donations from individuals and churches in the state.
Peters said CAN bought food items including rice, garri, beans, palm oil and tin tomatoes for the six flooded councils, adding that transportation took huge chunk of the money. He disclosed that CAN also bought cement, paints, rice and other food items for affected churches and individuals.
Meanwhile, the state government in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor,Mr. Daniel Markson-Iworiso, has announced a new agreement with the GEAP International Group from the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
According to the statement, the joint venture partnership between GEAP and the state government would facilitate scientific and commercial study of rice and palm plantation cultivation, growth and distribution.