About 14, 000 persons displaced by the recent ammunition depot explosions in Brazzaville have been given relief materials by the government of Nigeria.
Director General National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi delivered the items on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria in Brazzaville.
He noted that the gesture was given to support the Congolese government's local efforts in addressing the humanitarian challenges triggered by the disaster.
There was explosion at the ammunition depot in Brazzaville in which about 200 lives were reported lost and 14, 000 displaced by the disaster on 4th March 2012 .
The NEMA boss said with the successful handling of the initial emergency challenges and the 14, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camped in different parts of the country, the Nigeria's relief items would provide succor in meeting some of the basic needs of the people in the camps.
Alhaji Sidi assured the commitment of the Nigerian Government to support the Congolese authorities in addressing the challenges, particularly in the areas of sharing ideas on the best practices in the management of the disaster.
'Disasters are not limited to any one country or region, they hit both the developed and developing countries alike', he noted. The NEMA boss conveyed the condolence of President Goodluck Jonathan, noting the courage and forthrightness which the Congolese have been able to handle the situation
Responding, the Congolese Minister of Social Affairs and Humanitarian Action Mrs Emilienne Raoul who received the items on behalf of the government and the victims thanked the Nigerian government for the kind gesture. The items delivered were food items, toiletries, beddings, clothings, medicaments and assorted household materials.