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2 Sep 2017

NEMA PRESENTS RELIEF MATERIALS TO BENUE STATE GOVT

By: Jimin Geoffrey
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) today presented relief materials to the Benue State government for onward distribution to victims of flooding in the state.
Making the presentation at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) store in Makurdi, Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Maihaja said the materials were immediate relief meant to ameliorate the sufferings of the displaced persons.
The NEMA boss said adequate relief and other interventions would be provided to the state after a detailed assessment of damages caused by the disaster which he described as devastating.
Answering questions from journalists, Engr. Maihaja said there was no formal communication between NEMA and the Cameronian authorities as to the release of water from Lagdo Dam, stressing however that as an emergency management agency, it was prepared to take care of any eventuality.
Engr. Maihaja had earlier in the day undertook a tour of flooded areas in parts of Guma and Makurdi during which he conveyed the heartfelt sympathy of President Muhammadu Buhari to the government and people of the state over the unfortunate incidence.
In a remark during the assessment tour, Benue State Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment, Engr. Joseph Utsev appreciated the prompt response of the federal government to the immediate needs of the displaced persons.
He appealed for the construction of more drainages/canals, dredging of River Benue among others as measures that could reduce the magnitude of flooding, adding that the disaster had damaged property worth billions of naira.
Items presented to the state so far included three trucks load of assorted relief materials comprising of food stuff, medicals, children's wears, mosquito nets, mattresses among others while other trucks of items are being expected.
The NEMA DG visited the Internally Displaced Persons camp at Makurdi International Market where he sympathised with victims over the disaster.
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