The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has donated Relief materials worth millions of naira to Kogi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for onward distribution to the 2017 flood victims in the state.
Receiving the items in Lokoja today, the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba, who is also the chairman, Kogi State Emergency Management Board, commended the federal government for its efforts in alleviating the sufferings of the people, especially the flood victims in the state.
He said the gesture was an indication that the present leadership of the country and that of the state are sensitive to the plight of the people and also ready to tackle issues that affect the people negatively.
The items include, 500 bags of rice, 200 bags of beans, 360 bags of maize, 300 cartons of 3-in-1 tea, 216 cartons of powdered milk, 216 cartons of Milo, 216 cartons of tin tomatoes, 144 kegs of palm oil, 200 cartons of indomie, 700 pieces of blankets and 1000 pieces of mosquito nets.
Others were 500 pieces of form mattresses, 100 cartons of bath soap, 100 cartons of omo detergent, 500 pieces of wax print, 500 pieces of guinea brocade, 600 bags of cement, 1000 bundles of roofing sheets, 100 packets of zinc nail, 1000 pieces of ceiling board, 50 pieces of sewing machine, 50 Pieces of water pumping machines for irrigation and others.
While speaking, the Deputy Governor said the federal government has kept to its promise by providing the items to the State, assuring that the relief materials would be distributed appropriately to the flood victims across the state.
He further thanked the state ministry of Environment, SEMA and other relevant stakeholders for their efforts towards the successful delivery of the items even as he appealed to federal government to further assist the state with more relief materials.
According to Elder Achuba, the relief materials provided can only go round some and not all the 2017 flood victims in the state. Speaking earlier, the Director General of NEMA, Engr Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, said the federal agency would collaborate and support the State Emergency Management Agency in mitigating the impacts of disasters in the communities.
He said the state has become a global phenomenon as a result of climate change and perennial occurrence, stating that the federal agency would work with that of the state to develop a comprehensive and coordinated emergency preparedness and response system in the state to minimise the diverse impacts of flood on the people.
The NEMA boss, who was represented at the occasion by the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation in the agency, Kayode Fagbemi, thanked Governor Yahaya Bello and his Deputy, Elder Simon Achuba for their patience with the people while the flood lasted, saying the leadership of the state is committed to the well-being of the people.
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