The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA) has delivered food and non-food items to the Jajimaji flood victims in Yobe state north east Nigeria.
Hundreds of residents were five days ago rendered homeless in Jajimaji the headquarters of Karasuwa Local Government Area of the state as a result of the torrential downpour.
Presenting the relief materials to the victims, the Permanent Secretary YOSEMA Mister Idi Jidawa said the timely response is to reduce hardships they have faced as a result of the disaster as directed by the state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam.
Items donated include; Rice, Millet, Guinea corn, Noodles, Vegetable oil, Blankets, Plastic Buckets, Cloths among others, adding that the items will serve the desired purpose.
He cautioned residents to cultivate a hygienic culture and avoid congesting their drainage which is one of the ways of causing flood.
“I want to urge you to avoid turning your drainage system into refuse dump as this is one of the causes of flood”
The Permanent Secretary also called on other donor agencies and spirited individuals to respond timely to emergency issues that will alleviate the sufferings of victims.
“Let me call on NGOs, and other well to do individuals, to contribute in alleviating the sufferings of disaster victims as government alone cannot do everything”
The chairman Karasuwa LG Mister Ubaliyo Gambo who described the gesture as very timely also expressed optimism that it will greatly alleviate the sufferings of the victims.
He disclosed that the council under his stewardship has constituted a high powered committee that will honestly distribute the relief materials.
“I have set up a high powered committee that will ensure truthful and honest distribution of the materials to ensure that those who suffered the flood are actually the beneficiaries of the materials” Ubaliyo said.
The council according to him has identified and working on a new layout that will pave way for the relocation of the people living within the flood prone areas as a way to curtail perennial flood disaster within the Karasuwa town.
The presentation of the materials had in attendance traditional, religious and opinion leaders as well as some top politicians from across the state and beyond.
(Source: Channels TV)