The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), says it has distributed relief materials to 1,112 households devastated by a windstorm in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The windstorm swept through four communities; Ogomogom, Akorofono, Nkarasi and Abinti in the local government area, destroying houses and properties worth millions of naira.
NEMA Director General, Muhammadu Muhammed, who flagged off the relief distribution at the council secretariat, sympathized with the affected persons, noting the relief items were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Represented by the agency’s South South Zonal Coordinator, Godwin Tepikor, the NEMA boss said considering this year’s flood forecasts for the state, the people must be very cautious and ready for it.
The items distributed were 556 bags of 12.5kg rice, 556 bags of 25kg beans, 556 bags of 12.5 kg of Garri, 56 kegs of palm oil, 93 cartons of seasoning cubes, 46 cartons of tomato paste and 1112 pieces of blankets.
Others included 1112 pieces of foam mattress, 725 cartons of bath soap, 556 pieces of wax print, 700 bundles of roofing sheets, 185 bags of 3″ nails, 370 packets of zinc nail and 1668 pieces of ceiling boards.
Responding on behalf of the Cross State Government, Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Princewill Ayim, appreciated the President’s empathy and NEMA’s prompt and direct distribution of the humanitarian support.
Chairman of the Local Government Council, Mr. Kingsley Egumi, also appreciated the Federal Government for the relief support delivered through NEMA.
Representatives of the beneficiaries Madam Okongor Ndoma-Yala and Elder Nfam Douglas Akong also appreciated the President and NEMA for coming to their rescue in good time.