NEMA donates relief materials to flood victims in Anambra
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated relief materials worth millions of Naira to flood disaster victims in some council areas of Anambra.
The victims were those affected by the September 2017 flood which devastated five council areas of Anambra where farmlands and other means of livelihood were lost.
The affected council areas were Anambra East, Anambra West, Awka North, Ayamelum and Ogbaru, which all fell
within the agrarian belt of the state.
NEMA’s South-East Zonal Coordinator, Mr Walson Brandon, handed over the relief materials at the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Warehouse in Awka on Tuesday.
He gave the assurance that Federal Government would continue to be responsive to the plight of disaster victims in the zone.
Brandon said “these materials can never replace the people’s losses during the flood disaster but serves as a way of cushioning the effect of the unfortunate incident.
“NEMA will undertake several flood-risk reduction measures in the zone to reduce loss of lives and property.
“There would be a lot of sensitisation and awareness programmes in affected communities to prepare residents against such occurrence.”
The Anambra Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, represented by a Director in Government House, Dr Dan Ezeanwu, thanked the Federal Government for the gesture.
He said that the government, through NEMA, had intervened in so many disasters and emergencies in the state.
He appealed to stakeholders to ensure transparency in the distribution of the relief materials.
Dr Paul Odenigbo, the Executive Secretary of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, who formally received and gave an acknowledged letter detailing materials received, thanked Federal Government and NEMA for coming to the state’s assistance.
Odenigbo noted that the relief materials would go a long way in cushioning the effects of the disaster on the affected persons.
A representative of the affected persons, Chief Innocent Okeke, thanked government for the assistance.
Okeke, who is a farmer at Aguleri Uno in Anambra East council area, assured that the people would make judicious use of the relief materials given them.
The materials included 300 bags of 50kg rice; 200 bags of 100kg beans; 300 bags of garri; 200 cartons of tin tomato; 100 bags of sugar; 1,000 bags of salt; 100 kegs of vegetable oil; 100 kegs of palm oil and 200 cartons of powdered milk.
Others were 300 cartons of 3-in-1 tea; 200 cartons of Milo; 200 cartons of bathing soap; 200 pieces of men’s wear; 200 mattresses; 1,000 blankets; among others.