Kogi Floods: Govt Begins Distribution Of Relief Materials To Victims
The Kogi Government has commenced the distribution of foodstuffs and other relief items to victims displaced by recent floods.
Mr Sanusi Yahaya, the state’s Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, announced this at the official flag-off of the distribution in Lokoja.
The Commissioner told BOUNCE NEWS that, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had also sent some relief items such as mattresses, blankets, and mats, among others, to be distributed to the flood victims at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps across the state.
“Since NEMA has brought non food items at present, the state government decided to procure food items for victims to enable them feed themselves in the camps.
“This is just the first batch of the distribution, more items are underway because our governor has graciously approved the release of funds to get more of the food items,” Sanusi said.
The commissioner appealed to individuals, corporate organisations and professional bodies to assist the flood victims with foodstuffs and other relief materials.
He, however, commended the Rotary Club and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), in the state for supporting the victims with medicare, foodstuffs and other items.
“We have put measures in place to ensure adequate supervision so that items donated get to the affected victims,” the commissioner said.
Mr Hassan Ayegba, the Executive Secretary of Kogi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said the state government had established over 25 camps for flood victims across the state.
According to Ayegba, over 200,000 households have been affected by floods, adding that efforts were on, in collaboration with NEMA and the Nigerian Navy, to rescue those that were trapped by high water level in their communities.
Items distributed to the flood victims in Lokoja camps were rice, cartons of sachet tomatoes, cartons of milk, milo, salt, and detergent, among others.
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