July 2, 2022 9:58 am

Communities in Abia appreciates NEMA over relief materials


By Our Reporter


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Tuesday began the distribution of relief materials to victims of flood and windstorm in seven local government areas of Abia State.


The items included 951 bags of 10kg of rice, 951 bags of 10kg of garri, 951 bags of 10kg of beans and 157 jerrycans of 20 litres of vegetable oil.


Other items were 710 bags of cement, 740 bundles of roofing sheets, 370 packets of zinc nails and 460 bags of three inches nails.


The Head of NEMA, Owerri Operations Office, Mr Nnaji Ifeanyi, who represented the agency’s Director-General, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, who also supervised the distribution exercise which took place at the office of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Umuahia, said that a joint team of assessors from Owerri and Abia SEMA had earlier conducted an on-the-spot assessment of the affected areas.


He disclosed that the team had earlier conducted the victims’ needs analysis “to ascertain the impact and level of destruction caused by the disasters”.


His words, “You should please note that the relief materials provided to you is not to pay you back for all that were destroyed but only to cushion the effect of the unfortunate incident”.


Speaking also, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr Sunday Jackson, said the relief materials would offer succour to the affected people.


According to him, “It is a very important day because for 2021, we forwarded several reports and this is the first approval that we got”.

Officials of NEMA and SEMA with representatives of the communities affected by the 2021 flood and windstorm disasters in Abia during the flag off of distribution of relief materials in Umuahia, on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.


Jackson commended the Federal Government for coming to the aid of the state, saying that Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu “should also be commended for providing the enabling environment”.


In a speech, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chris Ezem, represented by Mr Franklin Onyema, Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Economic Affairs, also lauded the federal government “for choosing Abia as a beneficiary state”.


Ezem, moreover urged communities to always take precautionary measures to avert the occurrence of some disasters.


In appreciation, Mr Chile Thompson, who represented Ozu Abam, one of the affected communities, said he was impressed with the government’s kind gesture.


Thompson said, “These are the things people have been looking for to know that government remembers disaster victims, like us”.

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