BY Anayima Abo Màkurdi
National Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has flag off the Distribution of Food and non Food Materials to selected Communities affected by the 2020 flood across Four Local Government Areas of Benue State to alleviate the plight of the affected victims.
The North Central Coordinator for NEMA Eugene Nyelong who flag off the distribution in Màkurdi the State capital said, 26 number items of assorted food and non food materials are booked for distribution.
According to him, the distribution to selected Communities is based on the impact assessment carried out by NEMA to ascertained the level of damage caused by the flooding and also know the Communities that were affected.
Our Correspondent gathered that the Four selected LGs to benefit from the itemd includes, Agatu, Guma, Otukpo and Màkurdi
Earlier, the State Executive Secretary State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Dr Emmanuel Shior who commended NEMA for always standing by the Benue State Government in times of need said his office will ensure that all the items brought by NEMA are distributed to the victims in the affected LGs.
He informed that the state has also taken delivery of 5 trucks of assorted grains from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to be shared to the Poor of the Poorest, which he said will be shared for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the Eight camps as well as the Cameroonian Refugees Camp in Kwande.
“As you can see, as a humanitarian Agency, we suppose to leave at least some bags of food in the store in case of emergency, but due to the challenge and fear of ENDSARS Protests, which later centred on looting of warehouses, the governor has directed us to empty the ware house”
Responding on behalf of the other LG Chairmen the Otukpo LG Chairman, Hon. George Alli who commended NEMA for its humanitarian gesture and prompt response to victims of disaster in the state who are still counting their loses after the flood.
He promised to ensure that the items are distributed honestly to the desired victims to cushion the effect of hardship they are going through.