From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA yesterday handed over thousands of food and non food items to victims of 2020 flood in Benue State.
The event was held at the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA Secretariat in Makurdi.
North Central Coordinator, NEMA Eugene Nyelong explained that the agency had carried out impact assessment of high risk areas,adding that enumeration was done in four local government areas of Otukpo, Agatu, Makurdi and Guma with all the critical stakeholders.
He stressed the need for consistent sensitization amongst communities in the State to avert flooding.
Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency Dr. Emmanuel Shior said in spite of the widespread sensitization and efforts to stem the tide of flooding, it still devastated some local government areas necessitating the intervention of NEMA.
He also, intimated that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs gave five trucks of grains which will be distributed to all the internally Displaced Persons, IDP camps in the State including the Camerounian refugees.
Shior stated that as a humanitarian agency, it has the mandate to stock its wares houses with materials for any emergency but because of the recent ENDSARS protest, it has emptied its stores.
Some of the items distributed include, Rice, Beans, Vegetable Oil, salt, seasoning, Tomatoes, Pasta, sugar, mattresses, mosquito nets, blankets, bath towel, detergents, soaps, diapers, sanitary pads, women clothing, children, clothing men clothing, cooking pot, cooking stove, plastic buckets, cement, roofing sheets, zinc nails and nails.