Federal Government has donated relief materials worth millions of naira to the Ekiti State Government for distribution to the victims of natural and man-made disasters in the state.
Some of the items donated are tricycles, Motorcycles, grinding machines, electricity materials, electronics, vegetable oil, bags of rice, salt, tubers of yam, and Textbooks among others.
Handing over the items to Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba BISI Egbeyemi in Ado Ekiti, the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh said the gesture was borne out of interest to support the state government in view of the current economic challenges.
Represented by the NIMASA Director of Administration and Human Resources, Mrs Ronke Thomas, the Director-General explained that the Agency had replicated such across the thirty-six states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Dr Jamoh promised that the Agency would continue to support the victims of internally displaced persons.
Receiving the relief materials in Ado Ekiti, Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi expressed the government’s gratitude to NIMSA for deeming it fit to provide succour to victims of natural disasters in Ekiti.
Otunba Egbeyemi observed that victims of herdsmen attacks of 2017 in Oke-Ako, Ikole local government and Ayetoro in Ido/Osi local government where some were rendered homeless had not received any assistance from the government due to paucity of funds, apart from fire outbreak, flood and rainstorm disasters that occurred.
He explained that the state government had intervened in some areas within its capacity.
Earlier, the Chairman, Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Retired Captain Sunday Adebomi noted that the NIMASA gesture would go a long way in cushion the effects of natural disasters on victims in the state.
Captain Adebomi however said that about five thousand victims of natural disasters were presently in Ekiti and sought the support of other donor Agencies in ameliorating the conditions of those affected by the natural disasters and victims of herdsmen attacks. (RadioNigeria)