By Stephen Adeleye
The Kogi Government on Sunday donated foodstuffs and other relief materials to flood victims in Ibaji Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking at the distribution centre in Ibaji, Mr Sanusi Yahaya, the state Coordinator, Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), praised the people for their patience and perseverance, saying the items were meant to alleviate their sufferings.
Represented by Mrs Dorcas Enehe, the Acting Director, Climate Change in the ministry, Yahaya said that the whole Ibaji communities were 100 per cent flooded, hence the need to give Ibaji special consideration in the distribution.
The commissioner added that Ibaji Local Government received the highest relief items for flood victims out of all the nine LGAs affected by 2018 flood disaster in the state.
He, however, said that up till the moment of distribution of relief materials, most of the roads in Ibaji were yet to be easily accessible.
Mr Abdulwahab saliu, a staff of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said that the agency had earlier visited the communities for assessment from house to house.
“This has enabled us to profile the number of the affected people, during which was confirmed that Ibaji was 100 per cent flooded, and about 81 communities were affected,” Saliu said.
Mr Omonu Jackson, the Chairman of 2018 Ibaji Flood Committee, who received the items on behalf of the victims, thanked the state government for the assistance and promised that the materials would be fairly shared.
The items donated were both food and non food items which includes , bags of rice, garri, beans, guinea corn, millet, maize, red oil , sugar, millo, detergents ,mattresses, mats, buckets, clothes among others.
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