The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Tuesday night donated two trucks load of relief materials flood victims in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
The Head of NEMA Operations, Abuja Office, Mr Idris Mohammed, who led the delegation to Lokoja, said they were in the state because of the recent flood that affected displaced many people.
He added that some of the displaced victims were now living in camps and others with their friends or relatives.
He noted that the agency had earlier undertaken a comprehensive assessment for the whole of Kogi in order to deploy Federal Government obtainable interventions for the flood victims.
He said that the relief materials comprised of 500 matresses, 500 mosquito nets, 500 blankets and 133 (50kg) bags of rice meant for the displaced in the Lokoja metropolis, adding that the donation would be a continuous thing.
He stated: “We are working with the ministry, agencies and all other stakeholders in Kogi, so that we can package further materials for the entire communities affected by flood disaster across the state.
“We sympathise with Kogi government, families and all those who have been affected by the flood disaster across the state”.
Receiving the materials on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, commended the federal government for the quick response and intervention.
She noted that the exact degree of destruction by the flood in Kogi was yet to be ascertained, adding that her team were still collating data from all the affected communities across the state.
She said that the state government provided prompt interventions within its financial capacity.
“We call on all other stakeholders, individuals, groups and corporate organisations to come to the aid of the victims by giving the necessary support in terms of food stuffs and other relief materials.
“We thank NEMA for the relief materials and we are calling for more support and assistance for all other affected communities across the state. We need support from other stakeholders”, she said.
She appealed to the victims and others still living in flooded areas to vacate immediately, stressing that it was unsafe to continue to sleep in flooded houses.
She commended the state government for the efforts put in place to cushion the adverse effects of the devastation on the affected people, saying the state needed more support from all other stakeholders.
Aside the Nataco area, Sarkin Numa and Ganaja in the capital, other areas including Ibaji, in Kogi East, have been hit by flooding.