The Federal Government has begun distributing presidential palliatives to flood victims in Akwa Ibom State in 2022 through the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.
On Monday in Uyo, the state capital, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Umana, handed over relief supplies to the National Emergency Management Agency for distribution to the victims. She expressed concern that the Niger Delta region had been more severely affected by the flood because of its topography and location.
Dr. Emem Wills, a representative of Akwa Ibom State on the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, spoke on behalf of Umana, who noted that while the supplies cannot completely make up for the losses brought on by the flood, they will help to lessen the burden on those affected.
He said that the gesture was not just a physical distribution of the materials but also the compassion and empathy of the government towards the affected people.
ANAMBRA FLOOD VICTIMS GET RELIEF MATERIALS
“We are aware that no amount of relief provided by the government can replace the losses as a result of the flood. However, it is our candid belief that the relief items will help alleviate the burden currently faced by our people. This gesture is not just a physical distribution of materials, rather it represents the compassion and empathy of the government towards its people,” the minister said.
He disclosed that the communities highly affected by the flood have already been identified by the National Emergency Management Agency through the Needs Assessment conducted after the flood, adding that the identified communities have been listed to benefit from the relief materials.
Speaking after the handover ceremony, the Director-General of NEMA, Alh. Ahmed Habib, while appreciating the federal government for the gesture, assured that the items would be distributed only to those who were truly affected by the 2022 flood.
The DG, who was represented by Demien Egwu, lamented that the Niger Delta has been a collection centre of water-related activities from the North down to the South.
“The Niger Delta is always exposed to flooding and other attendant effects of flooding because it is the collection centre of all water-related activities from the North down to the South and anytime this happens, there is a need for a recovery process.
He thanked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for his magnanimity and support of the people of the Niger Delta.
“I want to assure the minister that these items will be distributed to those who were truly affected by the 2022 flood. We will do this in conjunction with the Akwa Ibom State Management Agency and other relevant stakeholders,” the DG said.
The materials approved for distribution include mattresses, pillows, blankets, cartons of noodles, bags of rice and beans, grinding machines, cement, roofing sheets, ceiling boards, and others.
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