The President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of 12,000 metric tons of assorted grains as part of relief materials for victims of the recent nationwide flood disaster, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Director-General NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed made this known in Ilorin during the official presentation of flood disaster relief materials to Kwara State Government.
Represented by the Deputy Director, ICT, Sanni Lokoja, the Director-General said the gesture was another milestone towards consolidating the mutual support and collaboration between NEMA and Kwara state Government on disaster management and humanitarian service delivery.
The Director-General said part of the grains delivered to the state, which are expected to give succor to victims of flood and other natural disasters, were: 2,100 bags of 50kg Maize, 1,500 bags of 50kg Sorghum, 3,600 bags of 25Kg Garri, among others.
The Kwara State Government had also provided relief materials including money to flood victims in Patigi, Edu and Ifelodun local government areas, said secretary to the government, Professor Mamman Jibril.
Also, Professor Jibril recommended the dredging of rivers to contain more volume of water and encourage dry season farming in riverine areas.
Reporting by Sodiq Adebara; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Tony Okerafor