Daily Trust (Abuja)

15 November 2012

Nigeria: Flood Victims Are Eager to Go Home in Kogi - Dep. Gov

The Deputy Governor of Kogi, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, has said that the state's flood victims are desperate to go back to their homes to continue their businesses.

Awoniyi made this known when he received the Head, African Zone of the Red Cross, Mr Alhassan Sengo, in his office in Lokoja on Thursday.

He explained that there were several persons currently in displaced persons camps that were yearning to return to their homes.

Awoniyi said that measures had been put place to make available relief materials to the victims even after they had gone home.

He noted that the first phase of the flood management was to ensure that internally-displaced persons had the best of upkeep.

Awoniyi commended the Red Cross for its support during the disaster, describing the experience as a setback.

Earlier, Sengo described Kogi as a strategically placed state, noting that his visit was to ascertain the utilisation of funds given to Red Cross and the level of commitment of the volunteers.

Sengo commended the relationship that existed between the State Government and the Red Cross, and the efforts of the state in rehabilitating the victims.

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