The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has donated relief items to victims of flood in Borno state.
Presenting the items to Governor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri, the Director General of the Agency, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed explained that the donation was sequel to approval given by President Muhammadu Buhari for vulnerable persons affected by flood in the state.
According to him, the President directed the release of twelve thousand metric tonnes of assorted grains from the National Strategic Reserve Stock for distribution through the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social to all states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Represented by a Director in the agency, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar, the Director General noted that more than thirty states including Borno have suffered series of flood including other natural and human induced disasters.
“We are here in Borno to, on behalf of the Director General, NEMA commiserates with the good people and Government of Borno State over the unfortunate flood disaster that has ravaged the some parts of the State” Alhaji Ahmed said.
Receiving the relief items, Governor Zulum who was represented by the Director General, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo appreciated the gesture, noting that the relief items came at the right time when the state government is working assiduously to better the plights of flood victims across the state.
The Governor said over 37,000 households and 67,000 farmlands were affected by the flood disaster across many communities in the state.
He assured that the items would be distributed judiciously to beneficiaries in order to cushion their immediate economic hardship.
Items donated include, 1,000 bags of 10kg Rice, 1,000 bags of 10kg Beans and 1,000 bags of 10kg Maize.
Other items are 75 bags of Salt, 75 kegs of Vegetable Oil, 150 Cartons of seasoning cubes, 75 Cartons of tin tomatoes, 7,350 pieces of nylon mats, 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets, 600 Cartons of bath soap, 1,000 pieces of children’s wear, and 1,000 pieces of women’s wear.
Reporting by Dauda Iliya, editing by Daniel Adejo