PAMELA EBOH, Awka
The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commenced the distribution of relief material to victims of flood in 20 states including Anambra.
The Director General of the agency, Dr Peterside Dakuku disclosed this in Awka, saying that relief materials worth millions of naira would be donated to victims of the 2018 flood in the state.
He reeled out some of the items to include mattresses, blankets, sewing and grinding machines, blankets, diapers, palm and groundnuts oil, detergents, noodles, bags of rice, maize, flour, sugar, beans, salt, and table water, etc.
Presenting the items in Awka, Dakuku, who was represented by the Director, Internal Audit in the agency, Mr Victor Onuzuruike, said the distribution in the twenty states were meant to cushion the effects of the disaster on the victims.
According to him, the donation had taken place in 18 states including Benue, Kogi, Edo, Delta, Niger Kaduna, Ondo, Ogun and then presently, Anambra.
Promising a return to the state with increased package in view of the enormity of the disaster, he said: “Managing over 18,000 persons was not an easy task in terms of accommodation, feeding and other logistics.
“I urge individuals, churches and corporate organisations to show concern to the flood victims as government alone cannot care for them.”
Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Paul Odenigbo, thanked NIMASA for the kind gesture.
He gave assurance that there will be proper distribution of the items to the right persons saying that the state was already preparing to manage any flood disaster that may occur in the course of this year’s rainy season.
Odenigbo stressed that more was expected from NIMASA this year because of the information of impending flood.
“We have already made plans to mitigate. Last year, about 18,000 persons were displaced by the flood but the state government has already commenced sensitisation of what was required of people living in the riverine areas.
“We are getting the 28 holding camps in the state ready in the event that people will get to use them during flood. They will be taken care of at the camp until the water recedes”, he added
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