By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) over the weekend distributed relief materials to 1,112 households devastated by a windstorm that swept through four communities in Ikom Local Government of Cross River State.
Ogomogom, Akorofono, Nkarasi and Abinti communities in Ikom Local Council bore the brunt of the windstorm, which pulled off roofs, destroyed houses with loss of properties.
NEMA Director General, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd), who launched the relief distribution at Ikom Local Government Secretariat, sympathised with the affected persons.
He said the relief items were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for delivery to them by the Agency.
The NEMA DG, represented by the Agency’s South-South Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Godwin Tepikor, advised people to minimise the predicted floods’ impact.
He said they must take seriously the forecast as concerning Cross River State for preparedness, mitigation and response activities.
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 1,112 pieces of blankets.
Others included 1,112 pieces of foam mattress, 725 cartons of bath soap, 556 pieces of wax print, 700 bundles of roofing sheets, 185 bags of 3 inches nails, 370 packets of zinc nail and 1,668 pieces of ceiling boards.
The Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Princewill Ayim, appreciated the President’s empathy and NEMA’s prompt and direct distribution of the humanitarian support.
The Chairman of Ikom Local Government, Mr. Kingsley Egumi, thanked the Federal Government for the relief support delivered through NEMA.
Representatives of the beneficiaries, Madam Okongor Ndoma-Yala and Elder Nfam Douglas Akong, also thanked President Buhari and NEMA for rescuing them.
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