From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA),has distributed relief materials worth millions of naira to victims of windstorm in Mokwa and Lavun local government areas as part of effort to alleviate the plights of people affected by rain windstorm in Niger state recently.
Accordingly, the windstorm disaster which occurred in June destroyed many property such as buildings, fences and cars in 21 communities in Mokwa and Lavun local government areas.
Head of Operations, NEMA Minna, Mrs Lydia Wagami, said the the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiyya Faruq, instructed the agency to provide relief items to the affected persons.
She said that after the minister’s instruction, AVM Muhammed Muhammadu, Director General of NEMA directed NEMA Minna Operations office to embark on an on spot assessment of the affected persons.
Wagami explained that the Federal government was concerned about the plight of the grassroots and approved the relief items to be distributed to the victims.
Represented by Hussaini Isah, Head Search and Rescue Unit, however, explained that the relief items include; 617 bags of rice, 617 bags of beans, 617 bags of maize, 62kg of 20 litres of vegetable oil, 102 cartoons of seasoning and 52 cartoons of tin tomatoes.
Other items are, 1,324 pieces of mattress, 1,841 pieces of blankets, 1,851 pieces of mosquito net, 1,400 bags of cement, 1,400 bundles of roofing sheets, 940 pieces of ceiling boards, 472 packets of zinc nail and 157 bags of three inches nail.
She, however appealed to the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the items and not sell them and called on people residing on lowlands and river banks to relocate to higher land to avoid flood.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Mokwa Local government Alhaji Abubakar Yahaya who spoke on behalf of the two local government areas, thank the Federal government for the kind gesture.
Some of the victims, Esther Ziri and Babatwale Mokwa, described the intervention as “timely and appreciated the Federal for their timely intervention to their plight.