Mustapha Ahmed, director general of the National Emergency Management organization (NEMA), revealed that the organization has not received a $1 million payment from USAID to aid flood victims in 2022.
This was revealed during Friday’s visit to the NEMA headquarters by Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State.
In October 2022, US Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard released a statement announcing the donation on behalf of the US Embassy.
The United States had previously stated that almost 2.8 million people across the country had been affected by the unusually severe rains that resulted in flooding, leaving many homes damaged or completely destroyed and displacing millions of residents.
In light of the ongoing cholera outbreak and the devastating floods, the United States government had emphasized that the new $1 million in USAID support would allow local partners on the ground to provide emergency shelter assistance, relief commodities, and hygiene kits to promote safe and healthy practices.
There was a part of the statement that read, “The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $1 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to support the people affected by unprecedented flooding in Nigeria.”
However, NEMA, the primary organization in humanitarian assistance, has not received the donation after more than 10 months.
Director General NEMA says, “I also read about the story in the papers last year, but I can confirm that we have not received any $1million from USAID.”