Following the recent flood that devastated communities in nine local government areas of Benue State, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, at the weekend delivered relief items to Governor Samuel Ortom for onward distribution to more than 32,000 persons affected by the disaster.
A press statement signed by NEMA’s press officer, Manzo Ezekiel, said the director-general of the agency, Muhammad Sani Sidi, while presenting the items to the governor expressed satisfaction with the positive response of most state governments to the flood warning alert issued by Nimet and NEMA, thereby averting more losses.
He, however, urged the governors to sustain awareness on the risk of flood in communities along river plains, as well as permanently relocate residents to safer and higher grounds.
The director-general, who was represented by NEMA’s director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Eugene Udemezue Ezeh, said a joint assessment carried out by NEMA and the Benue State Emergency Management Agency indicated that more than 32,000 persons were affected by the flood.
He also said that the relief items delivered were based on the identified needs of the affected persons and aimed at complimenting the support of the state government.
Receiving the items, Governor Ortom lauded NEMA for the prompt response in assisting the flood victims and assured that the items would be evenly distributed.
He called on the federal government to urgently address the frequent occurrences of flood along the River Benue by constructing a buffer dam to collect excess water from Lagdo Dam, as well as fast-track the dredging of the river.
The governor immediately handed over the items to the executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Boniface Otise, for distribution to the affected persons.
Otise said the items received from NEMA included large quantities of food and non-food items such as bags of rice, maize, building materials and mattresses.
He added that the agency had obtained approval from the governor before the official handing over of the items to the affected persons.

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