11 January 2013

Nigeria: Flood - NPA Distributes Relief Materials to 36 States

NPA has embarked on a programme aimed at distributing relief materials to the victims of flood disaster across the country.

The authority, in a statement issued in Lagos, said the distribution of the relief materials to the 36 states of the federation was in response to the call made by President Goodluck Jonathan to all corporate bodies, individuals and governmental agencies to rise to the occasion and assist flood victims, so as to alleviate their sufferings.

THISDAY had reported that many parts of the country, particularly Rivers, Bayelsa, Anambra, Kogi, Benue, Edo, Delta States were early this year ravaged by flood that led to the displacement of millions of across the country.

The aftermath of this flood is that a lot of farmlands have been eroded and people's homes have been submerged under water. Concomitantly, basic survival has been difficult for thousands of people and a large number of people are now homeless. Following this, the management of NPA has set up a committee to effectively supervise the distribution of the relief materials to affected states.

To kick-start the relief material distribution exercise, the NPA team, led by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Chief Michael Kayode Ajayi, visited three states, namely Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti States. In all the states visited, items that were given out include blankets, mattresses, bags of rice and mosquito nets.

The Special Adviser to Ogun State Governor on Environment, Mrs. Abimbola Lanre-Balogun, was on hand to receive the relief materials on behalf of her state. She commended the laudable gesture of NPA and also promised that the materials will get to the end-users.

In Ondo State, the Senior Special Assistant to the deputy Governor, Mr. Rotimi Ekundayo received the relief items. He extended the appreciation on behalf of the state to NPA. He stated that the move by the authority was a proof of its commitments to its corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy. He lauded NPA for being the first federal agency to come to the aid of Ondo State.

Special Adviser to the Deputy Governor, Ekiti State, Mrs. Kehinde Daramola, took delivery of the relief materials meant for her state. She was full of praise of NPA for its exemplary gesture.

The authority in a statement issued in Lagos said the relief materials will get to all the 36 states of the federation including Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

It said its decision to extend relief materials to all the states in the country, including Abuja, is to enable the states that were not seriously affected by the flood to adequately render assistance to victims who have been forced to seek refuge in those states.

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