The Economic Community for West-African States (ECOWAS) has donated the sum of $382,000, about N60 million to flood victims in the affected 19 states of the federation that were recently inundated.
ECOWAS President, Mr Kadré Désiré Ouedraogo, who made the donation on behalf of the commission noted that the donation is in line with ECOWAS mandate to support and show solidarity with people of the sub-region who are going through a disaster.
According to him ECOWAS is the only sub-regional body with a comprehensive Disaster Risk Response strategy and the gesture is an expression of solidarity and goodwill from the rest of the people of the sub-region.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Nigerian government the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Gbenga Ashiru said the gesture is a demonstration that members of the West African states are their brothers’ keepers.
He added that the donation will go a long way in helping to care for those that have been affected.
With this venture, more funds are pouring in for the flood victims following the raising of N12 billion by the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief co-chaired by business mogul, Aliko Dangote and Olisa Agbakoba.