By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Edo State Government has distributed relief materials, comprising food items and building materials to victims of flood disaster in five local government areas across the state.
Addressing journalists after presenting the materials to representatives of the affected local government areas, Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Hon. Yakubu Gowon, said the exercise is the second for donating materials to victims of the 2018 flood disaster.
Gowon said the five local government areas that received the materials are Ikpoba-Okha, Oredo, Ovia North-East, Uhunmwode, and Etsako East.
He added: “Sometime last year, rainstorm affected about five local councils. We gave some relief materials to them last year and today, we have perishable and non-perishable materials to give to the communities. The items include bags of rice, garri, beans, gallons of red and vegetable oil, bundles of roofing sheets, nails, and noodles.”
The governor’s aide said the state government is putting flood control measures in place in the affected areas to prevent future reoccurrence.
Protocol Officer to Uhunmwode Council Chairman, Mr. Lucky Idehen, expressed appreciation to the state government for the donations, assuring that the distribution committee set-up last year would ensure the materials get to the affected victims.
Idehen, said, “We thank Governor Godwin Obaseki for ameliorating the plight of the people of the council, who were affected by the rainstorm. The governor has brought succor to us and we are grateful to him.”