Daily Trust (Abuja)

19 November 2012

Nigeria: Flood - Japan Gives N104 Million Relief Materials to Nigeria

The Japanese government has donated relief items worth N104 million (52 million yen) to Nigeria to help cater for people affected by flood.

The Head of Public Relations of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Yushau Shuaib said the Agency's Director General,Alhaji Muhammed Sani Sidi on Monday received the donation.

The relieve materials are meant for victims of flooding in the three states of Benue, Kogi and Rivers states.

According to him, the items included 50 water purifiers, 200 tents, and 7,000 blankets worth approximately 52 million yen (N104 million).

7.7 million Nigerians affected

"At the ceremony, which took place at the cargo terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Sani-Sidi disclosed that between June and October this year, Nigeria experienced unprecedented floods which affected about 7.7 million people and displaced 2.1 million others. While 363 people lost their

lives."

While expressing gratitude to the Japanese government over the gesture , Sani-Sidi gave the assurance that it will go a long way in ameliorating the suffering of flood victims.

The items he said, will be distributed transparently and that a staff of JICA will accompany NEMA officials during distribution.

Nigeria asked for it

According to Shuaib, the NEMA Boss revealed that the Federal Government made an international request for assistance and it was in response to that request that Japan through JICA decided to provide emergency assistance.

Chief Representative of JICA (the Japanese Humanitarian Agency) in Nigeria Mr. Tetsuo Seki while handing over the items, assured that his country will always

assist in providing both emergency relief and medium to long term reconstruction and rehabilitation process.

NEMA Head of Public Relations said the JICA representative explained the relationship between his agency and NEMA, stressing that: '"This collaboration has

led to trainings of NEMA staff in Japan on: Capacity Development for Flood Risk Management with Integrated Flood Analysis System in July this year, and the Development of comprehensive assistance systems for victims in 2007.

'"There is currently on-going discussion on capacity building of NEMA staff in the area of disaster preparedness"', he added.

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