The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has donated some food and other items as relief materials to victims of flood in Imo State.
Receiving the relief materials on behalf of Governor Hope Uzodimma, the Imo State Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku thanked the NEMA management, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, and President Mohammadu Buhari, for the kind gesture extended to the flood victims in Imo State.
He said though the flooding was predicted, its magnitude and impact were “very devastating and almost overwhelmed some State governments.”
He said Governor Uzodimma rose to the challenge by quickly visiting the victims in their Communities and Local Governments and made donations of food and non-food items within the capacity and available resources to the State.
Prof Njoku added that “what the State Government has done so far cannot be said to be enough and as such Government is happy in receiving the food and non-food items from the Federal Government as an encouragement to the affected people and areas.”
He used the opportunity to appeal to well meaning individuals, philanthropists, and groups, to contribute their quota towards alleviating the enormous problems caused by the flooding “because government cannot do it alone.”
The Deputy Governor promised that the government will involve NEMA officials in the State in the distribution of the food items and prayed that “this level of calamity will not happen again in Imo State and Nigerian in general.”
To avoid future occurrence Prof Njoku enjoined the Federal Government to do something quick to contain the annual perennial flooding, noting that “on the side of Imo State Government, the initiative of dredging of Orashi River is a bold step towards contending future occurrence.”
Handing over the relief materials to Imo State Government on behalf of the NEMA, Mr. Nnaji Ifeanyi, Head NEMA Operations in Owerri, said that “the relief materials are approved for affected persons of flood disaster in Imo State.”
According to him, the approved metric tons of grains by the President to vulnerable Nigerians in Imo State include Food items such as 1,400 bags of 10 kg Rice; 1,400 bags of 10 kg. beans; 1,400 bags of 10 kg. Maize; 25 cartons of tin tomatoes, 25 bags of iodized salt, 75 kegs of Vegetable Oil, and 100 cartons of seasoning cubes.
The non-food items include: 8,000 pieces of nylon mats, 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets, 600 cartons of bath soap, 2,500 Guinea Brocade (5 yards), 1,000 pieces of children wears, 1,000 pieces of women’s wears, and 1,000 pieces of men’s wears.
Nnaji acknowledged the efforts of the Imo State Government under the able leadership of Governor Uzodimma, for providing the first line of support to the affected population.
He used the occasion to inform that Mr. President has also approved the release of 12,000 Metric Tons of assorted food commodities to vulnerable Nigerians as a way of assuaging the high cost of living in the face of current global economic realities.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu and the Director of Imo SEMA Mrs. Pollen Ajoku.