First Lady Visits IDP Camps Across Kogi, Donate Relief Materials to Flood Victims

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Wife of Kogi State Governor, Hajia Rashida Bello has reiterated her commitment to reduce the plights the flood victims in the state.

The First Lady gave assurance when she visited Ibaji flood victims in designated internally displaced person’s (IDP) camps in Idah local government area of the state.

Rashida Bello said though the flood menace is a natural disaster that cannot be stopped, the effect can be reduced.

“We all know that flood is a natural thing which no one can stop. It is not easy but we as a government will continue to provide for the victims till they their homes habitable again, because there is no place like home.

“As a government, we will make sure, you are comfortable and well taken care of here in the camp,” she assured.

In response, some of the victims commended the state governor and the First Lady for their supports.

They said the consumables and non consumables with cash will go a long way to reduce the hardship they go through.

They appealed to the Federal and State Governments to dredge Rivers Niger and Benue and as well build dams to serve as a lasting solution to the perennial flooding.

Earlier, the wife of the APC Vice Presidential candidate, Nana Kashim Shettima with her entourage visited the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. She joined the First Lady to visit IDPs camps in Kogi (Kotonkarfi) local government area.

Rashida Bello who received them in government house appreciated them for providing cash donations and relief materials to complement their efforts.

Nana Kashim Shettima later joined the First Lady to Kotonkarfi to sympathise with the flood victims.

Nana Kashim Shettima, Governor Bello and his Wife

Nana said that what they brought is a token compared to what the people will need. She promised to visit again and called on well-meaning Nigerians to extend their helping hands to the victims saying they are in dear need of help.

“We are with them, we are not going to leave the burden on only his Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello and his wife, her Excellency, Radhida Bello.

“Personally, I am here on behalf of our mother, and leader, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and Her Excellency, Oluremi Tinubu to extend our widows’ mite to the victims.

“I also want to add that other well-meaning individuals, please let’s be our brother’s keeper. Let us do it together,” she said.

In her entourage was the National Coordinator, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Women’s Wing, Asabe Bashiru; who also commended the state government’s efforts saying flood is a natural disaster that is not man-made and that the only thing to do as humans is to commiserate and give helping hands.

“Giving helping hands is what our mummy, our leaders have done because their means of livelihood have been destroyed and they need helping hands”

Asabe advised people to avoid building houses along riverbanks and waterways to reduce the massive flood disaster.

In response, the Chairman, Civil Service Commission, Barrister Tanko, Chairman, Kogi Koto Local Government area and a host of others commended the State and Federal Government’s good gestures towards them in these hard times for the flood victims.

They were welcome with singing and dancing saying their helpers have come to their rescue.

Touch lights, blankets, wrappers and beverages are amongst the palliatives provided by the First Lady for the people at IDP camps in Kogi LGA.

Rashida Bello has visited all IDPs camps across the three senatorial districts to render her support to affected persons. She promised not to leave them at such a time as this when their homes and farmlands are submerged.

She called on humanitarians and philanthropists to also come to support them.

IDP camps visited are, Adankolo, Ganaja, Kabawa and other flooded communities.


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