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6 Dec 2017

BENUE FLOOD: SEMA DISTRIBUTES BAGS OF CEMENT & WHEELBARROWS TO FLOOD VICTIMS WITH RAVAGED BUILDINGS (PHOTOS)


By: Dam Obed-Samir T.

People impacted by the last August flood in many parts of Benue state got some much needed help this Tuesday in the rebuilding process.
The Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr Emmanuel Shior in company of one of the members of the constituted Flood Committee in the state, Mr Theophilus Igba and the staff of SEMA, today distributed bags of cement and wheelbarrows to 20 flood victims who formally applied with evidence of valid and verifiable documents with pictures of their ravaged buildings.
Speaking at the agency's warehouse, located at the industrial layout in Makurdi, stated that the distribution deliberately excluded food items for today, considering the cases of severe flooded buildings complaints have been registered when he assumed office last month.
Mr Shior stated that the cases registered were investigated by both SEMA and the Flood Committee headed by the deputy Governor of the state, Engr Benson Abounu and maintained that only verified owners of buildings that were severely ravaged are being considered at the moment, as other criteria would be used for subsequent distribution.
“We are so excited to start distributing building materials to homeowners,” Mr Shior said “The goal is to get as many families approved through investigation of their concerns as quickly as possible, and we are working with the Flood Committee to make sure all of the necessary steps have been taken to meet the qualifications of genuine victims who have formally written to SEMA and their cases documented after investigations.”
Mr Godfrey Choughul, who was a beneficiary of the distribution of bags of cement and wheelbarrows, expressed satisfaction with the number given to him, stating that he never expected the outcome of his applications to result into having what would help rebuild not just his shattered house but also that of his late neighbour which is occupied by his widowed wife and children at Mobile Barracks, close to St Augustine Catholic Church, Adeke.
He appreciated the government for being responsive to the needs of the people and with promptness which has been demonstrated towards him and several others.
In their separate remarks, Mr Ogbaje Sunday Adayi, Mr Matthew Sylvester, in awe, all hailed the support given to them as a great lift, asserting that there was no external influence on anyone to consider them worthy, but a transparent process they all adhered to for such a great gesture to reach them.
Most of the beneficiaries, called on the people affected by the flood to visit SEMA office for onward direction on the flexible requirements set for flood victims, insisting that the process is simple, free and straightforward.
SEMA hopes to receive and reach out to as many flood victims who are yet to be documented, advising that people should kindly disregard any information outside the office, but hurriedly visit the office for proper advise regarding what is required.
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