From: Bamidele Fashube
About 1,112 households in Cross River, Calabar State capital have received relief materials distributed to them by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) aftermath a devastating windstorm.
The storm had swept through four communities-Ogomogom, Akorofono, Nkarasi, and Abinti communities in Ikom Local Government Area in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.
This was contained in a statement issued by the agency’s Head, Media and Public Relations, Manzo Ezekiel, on Sunday.
According to the agency, the items distributed included 556 bags of 12.5kg rice, 556 bags of 25kg beans, 556 bags of 12.5 kg of Garri, 56 kegs of palm oil, 93 cartons of seasoning cubes, 46 cartons of tomato paste, and 1112 pieces of blankets.
Others included 1112 pieces of foam mattress, 725 cartons of bath soap, 556 pieces of wax print, 700 bundles of roofing sheets, 185 bags of 3″ nails, 370 packets of zinc nail, and 1668 pieces of ceiling boards.
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The agency said the intervention became imperative as victims have been bearing the brunt of the windstorm which pulled off roofs, destroyed houses with loss of properties.
“NEMA Director-General, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd), who flagged off the relief distribution at Ikom Local Government Area Secretariat, sympathized with the affected persons, noting the relief items were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for delivery to them by the Agency.
“Considering this year’s flood forecasts, the NEMA DG, represented by the Agency’s South-South Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Godwin Tepikor, advised the people that to minimize the predicted floods’ impact, they must take seriously the forecast as concerning Cross River State for preparedness, mitigation and response activities,” it added.
In his response, the Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Princewill Ayim, on behalf of the State Government, appreciated the President’s empathy and NEMA’s prompt and direct distribution of the humanitarian support.