From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has distributed relief materials to 715 victims of flood in Paikoro and Bosso Local Government Areas of Niger State.
Head of NEMA Operations Minna Office, Mrs Lydia Wagami flagged off the distribution of the relief items at Bosso Local Government Secretariat in Maikunkele.
Represented by Alhaji Hussaini Isah, who is the Head, Search and Rescue Unit, he revealed that the flood disaster which occurred in August, affected 715 households and farmlands in 57 communities of the two local government areas.
He explained that the Director General of NEMA, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed, directed the Minna operations office to assess the level of damage in order to provide relief assistance to the affected persons, adding that the relief items were to ameliorate the hardship caused by the flood on the people.
“It is based on the assessment report that President Muhammadu Buhari who is always passionate about reaching the grassroots approved the relief items for the affected persons,” she said.
Wagami mentioned the relief items to include; 715 bags of 12.5kg rice, 715 bags of 12.5kg maize, 715 backs of 25kg beans, 72 kegs of vegetable oil, 120 cartons of magi seasoning and 60 cartons of tin tomato.
Others were 36 bags of salt, 1,430 pieces of foam mattresses, 1,430 pieces of wax print, 1,430 pieces of mosquito net, 1,430 pieces of blanket, 600 bags of cement, 600 bundles of roofing sheet, 160 packets of zinc nail, 80 bags of 3 inches nail.
She appealed to beneficiaries not sell the items but use them to improve their living conditions and advised them to avoid activities that would endangered their lives as rain was on.
Earlier, Director General of the state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmef Inga who was represented by Malam Garba Salihu, Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, advised the beneficiaries to maintain peace while receiving the relief items.