28 February 2013

Nigeria: Nema Distributes Relief Materials to Victims of Ibadan Rainstorm

Abuja — The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has concluded arrangements to distribute relief materials for the victims of last Sunday's rainstorm which ravaged several areas of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

The South West spokesman for NEMA, Alhaji Ibrahim Farinloye, told journalists in Ibadan that the agency was prepared to distribute relief materials to the victims.

While ruling out political consideration in the distribution of the materials, he said that officials of the agency had already been dispatched to the affected areas for on-the-spot assessment.

Meanwhile, officials of the Oyo State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA) have said that their stock taking of the people and property affected in the storm was still in progress.

According to the Chief Situation Welfare Officer of SEMA, Alhaji Tayo Ayoade more than 1,000 houses were affected in the storm.

While noting that the list is not exhaustive, he said that the agency had continued enumeration of the houses and property affected in the storm along with council chairmen of the ravaged areas.

He however ruled out resettlement camps for the victims of the rainstorm, saying that mobilization efforts aimed at persuading communities to accommodate victims of the storm in their areas have been stepped up.

Oyo State Governor, Senator Isiaq Abiola Ajimobi directed SEMA to provide succour to the people affected by the rainstorm that attended the first rain in the year.

Meanwhile, the FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, has called on the Oyo state government to commence immediate distribution of the relief materials donated by the Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assuage the suffering of the victims of the rainstorm that occurred in Ibadan.

The Minister's call came as a result of the reported dilatory attitude of Oyo State Government in distributing the relief materials provided by NEMA to the identified victims already enumerated by the Agency in the five Ibadan local government areas largely affected by the flood. The local governments are - Oluyole, Ona Ara, Ibadan South West, Ibadan South East and Ido.

The Federal Government had responded immediately to the unfortunate incident by sending relief materials through NEMA to the victims in the state.

The relief materials donated by the Federal Government include: 2,000 roofing sheets, 800 bags of cement, 600 bags of rice, 500 roofing nails, 1,000 Zinc nails, 1,200 blankets, 2,000 mats, 300 mattresses, and 2,400 - 2x4x12 planks.

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