By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has extended medical outreach and palliative items to people ravaged by the flood Koton-Karfe community, in Kogi state.
The Minister, who visited the traditional ruler of Koton-Karfe, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Gombo, the Ohimegye Igu, explained that the visit could have come earlier before now, but the recent #Endsars crisis that rocked the nation put the it on hold.
She, however, commended the people of Koton Karfe for being law abiding throughout the crisis period, assuring that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would not derail the country from the path of peace, progress and development.
The Minister, also used the occasion to condole flood victims of Koton-Karfe and other affected areas over the damages suffered during the period.
While noting that the flood was a natural disaster, she however called for caution, warning that there was the need for precautionary measures to be put in place in order to avoid wanton destruction of property every flood season.
Speaking on the medical outreach, the minister stated that the aim was to give back to the community, revealing that the medical outreach involves basic medical free screening, appropriate treatment, counselling and referral to the appropriate healthcare institutions.
The Minister added that the medical outreach also gives the indigenous people the opportunity to assess quality healthcare by the muti-disciplinary team members on their door step.
In his response, His Royal Majesty Ohimegye Igu of Koton Karfe, Alhaji Abdulrazaq Gombo, commended the minister for touching lives even before her appointment as minister.
His words, “you have demonstrated that you are a true daughter of this land. Before your appointment as minister, you have touched lives in many ways and even as a minister, you did not depart from your good deeds. We are indeed very proud of you”..
He assured the minister that after due consultation with his council of chiefs, a befitting title would be bestowed on her as a mark of appreciation.
Items donated include 100 pieces of fishing nets, 100 pieces of mosquito nets, 1000 bags of 10kg rice and 1000 bags of maize.
Similarly, the minister also visited her hometown Bodun, where she paid homage to HRH, Mallam Mohamed Sani, the Agankyu of Kakanda kingdom.
While at the palace, she appealed to the people to be patient with the government in the area of infrastructural provisions, assuring that something positive would be done on the road network leading to Bodun community.