Reporter : UCHE NDEKE
The Federal Government has donated relief items worth millions of naira to some 2020 flood victims in Anambra State.
The items were handed over to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for Immediate distribution.
The Zonal Coordinator, NEMA South East Zone, Mr. Fred Anusim, on the occasion thanked the Anambra State Government for its timely intervention and assistance to the affected persons during the 2020 flood.
Some of the relief items donated by the Federal include, seven thousand, six hundred and sixty-two bags of 12.5 kg rice, beans and Garri, bags of salt, gallons of groundnut oil, nine hundred and twenty bags of cement, Clothing, and mattresses.
Mr. Anusim, who was represented by a NEMA official, Mr. Kingsley Okolo, said the relief materials were not to replace what the people lost during the flood but to cushion the effect on them even though it had become perennial.
He therefore urged SEMA to ensure that the items were evenly distributed to the victims while appealing to state governments to provide more funding to the emergency agency for greater results and timely response.
The Executive Secretary, Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, Chief Paul Odenigbo, thanked the Federal Government for the kind gesture, promising that the affected persons would benefit from the items.
Two of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Florence Onyia and Mr. Ikechukwu Nwadukwe, commended the government but appealed for provision of improved seedlings to enable famers to carry on with their farming activities.
The President General of Odekpe Community, Chief Vincent Okei lamented that the 2020 flood disaster destroyed farmlands and rendered people homeless.
The relief items, according to NEMA, is to be distributed to four local government areas of Ogbaru, Anambra East, Ayamelum and Anambra West.