Kogi Govt, NEMA Distribute Relief Materials to Flood Victims in Kotonkarfe LGA

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By Stephen Adeleye.
The Kogi Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), have distributed foodstuffs and other relief materials to victims displaced by flood in Kotonkarfe Local Government Area of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that officials of Kogi SEMA, NEMA, Red Cross, and the security agencies jointly monitored the distribution of the items.
The victims received the items directly at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Kotonkarfe on Friday.
At Edeha camp, Mr Yahaya Sanusi, the state’s Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, said the distribution officially commenced on Tuesday in Lokoja.
He added that they were in Kotonkarfe camps in continuation of a similar exercise carried out at Felele camp in Lokoja, on Thursday.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Hannah Odiyo, Sanusi said that NEMA brought non- food items, while Gov. Yahaya Bello, approved fund for procurement of food items.
“We have food items provided by the state government while the non-food items were provided by the Federal Government through NEMA, and we are here in Edeha camp in Kotokarge to distribute both items.
“The governor is very concerned about the victims and we are urging them to be calm and peaceful. This is just the first batch; more items are underway from the state government and NEMA.
“We call upon individuals, corporate organisations and religious bodies to show kindness to victims of flood disaster by adding to what the state and Federal Government have done,” Sanusi said.
Mrs Fatima Kashim, Deputy Director, Special Duty, NEMA Team Lead commiserated with the people over the devastation, and assured them that NEMA would provide more supports.
Mr Shuaibu Abdullahi, the Edeha Camp Leader, said the relief materials would go a long way in alleviating victims’ sufferings.
Earlier, the team paid a solidarity visit to the traditional ruler, the Ohimege of Kotonkarfe, Alhaji Abdurazak Isah-Koto, where officials commiserated with the monarch on the flood disaster.
The monarch commended the state and Federal Government for prompt response to the flood disaster, a step which he said had minimised its effects on the victims.
He said that the community had earmarked three sites in as permanent camps for flood victims, calling on government to approve their construction.
NAN reports that items distributed included: rice, sachets of tomatoes, milk, beverages, salt, detergent, blankets, mattresses, nylon mats and mosquito nets.
Others were roofing sheet, wax print, cooking pots, plastic spoon, children’s wears, bath towel, guinea brocade, men and women wears, among others.

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