Sun, May

WHO, Kogi donate items to flood victims

The World Health Organisation (WHO), Kogi Government and Unilever yesterday distributed foodstuffs and other relief items to flood victims in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

The state Coordinator of Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Mr Sanusi Yahaya, told newsmen at the distribution centre in Bassa.

“Our coming here today is about being responsible and responsive to the needs of internally displaced persons and victims of the flood disaster. We are here with the team of Kogi State Emergency Maintenance Agency (SEMA), Red Cross, and ministry’s officials to ensure hitch-free and transparent distribution of the items,” Yahaya said.

He added that many affected communities in Bassa LGA have been captured and categorised under three distribution centres such as Bassa Nge, Mosu and Oguma districts.

Yahaya, who doubles as the state’s Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, noted that two-third of the profiled victims were from Bassa Nge district in Shintaku with 16 communities on their list.

“By next week, we will do the same thing for those victims under Mosu and Oguma district, after which we will move to other LGAs as well,” he said.

“The Federal Government through NEMA has also brought lots of both food and non-food items, which would be distributed as soon as the logistics for distribution is worked out,” he said.

SEMA Director Administration and Finance Mrs Jummai Makobia, said the Agency had earlier visited the affected communities for need assessment, moving from house to house to get the details of the affected people.


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