The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the weekend distributed relief materials to 662 households affected by windstorm in three Local Government Areas of Kwara State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the affected local government areas are Kaiama, Baruten and Edu.
The relief materials made up of food and non-food items which distributed directly to the affected persons in Kaiama, Baruten and Edu Local Government Areas.
Director General of AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd), while flagging off the distribution said the relief intervention was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for the affected persons to ameliorate the impact of the disaster they suffered and enable them to restart their lives.
The DG NEMA who was represented by the Head of the Agency’s Minna Operations Office, covering Niger and Kwara States Lydia Wagami Madu gave the breakdown of the items as 662 bags of rice (12.5kg), 662 bags of maize (12.5kg), 662 bags of beans (25kg), 66 bags of sugar, 66 kegs of vegetable oil and 1,300 pieces of the mattress.
Others, he said were 1,300 pieces of blankets, 1,300 pieces of mosquito net, 1,200 bags of cement, 1,000 bundles of roofing sheet, 175 bags of 3 inches nail, and 350 packets of zinc nail.
The Director-General of NEMA AVM Muhammed, who made the presentation of the items, noted that the agency had earlier responded to the disaster when it was brought to its notice.
Muhammed appreciated the supports of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq in the discharge of NEMA’s mandates.
He said this informed the current distribution exercise.
He said the relief intervention was also to identify with the affected persons in their time of need and ensure they felt the impact of government at the grassroots level.
The relief distribution was carried out together with staff of Kwara State Emergency Management Authority, traditional leaders and residents.
Two of the beneficiaries, Jibril Mohammed and Mariam Haruna, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, expressed their happiness and promised to make use of the items judiciously.