Alakija, Obi, Elumelu, Ikisikpo and Diram during PCFRR visit to Anambra State ...recently
To fulfill its mandate, the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR), lwed by Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, visited Anambra State to cont inue its tour of countrywide impact assessment and to donate relief materia ls, writes Adeola Akinremi
“We were almost losing hope, but I know you will come. If anything I know the caliber of people in the team,” said Peter Obi, the Governor of Anambra State
Obi was welcoming the visitation team of the Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR), led by Chairman of Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony Elumelu, to Anambra State when the team visited the state last Thursday.
Giving statistics of the devastation, Obi said, the flood that affected Nigeria last year had the greatest impact in his state. “President Goodluck Jonathan himself confirmed it when he visited.
The flood that ravaged Nigeria last year affected Anambra the most. Our businesses are on the bank of River Niger and they suffer the effect. It was as bad such that one whole local government was under the water during the flood, “he said.
To this, Elumelu said, “We are here today mindful of the extremely great work that the government has done. We come today with quite some flood relief items ranging from food to clothing and beddings required for the survivors. This is a tip of the ice bag. We need to help the homeless have shelter in a sustainable fashion and help the displaced farmers regain control of their farms and to see how we as a country can have the expertise to predict future occurrence and mitigate the effect.”
At the government lodge in Onitsha, Elumelu, the leader of the team listed the items saying, “The items we have here included 3,000 cartons of noodles; 3,000 bags of rice; 3,000 bags of garri; 6,000 bags of sugar; 500 mattresses; 2,000 blankets and 1,200 Ankra fabrics.
``Other are 50,000 bags of sachet water; 2,000 palm oil and 1,500 sanitary pad. This is just a tip of the ice berg which would complement what Anambra Government had provided,’’
Presenting the materials to Governor Obi the team observed that the PCFRR was not only keen on providing relief packages that would help flood victims pick up their lives, but on bringing support for rehabilitation, and preventive measures in concert with government agencies.
Elumelu, who described Governor Obi as a friend and brother said: “President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that he would continue to give assistance to the victims until each family affected by the disaster is settled.”
He said that the government brought the relief materials, which he did not disclose the cost but runs into several millions of naira, to give temporary relief to the victims.
The leader of the committee said that other measures to ensure their safe settlement in their communities were being worked out.
``The committee would also intervene in re-building public institutions such as schools, hospitals and other social centres, apart from its direct concern to individual families affected in the unfortunate flood,’’ Elumelu added.
Last year, Elumelu had led the team to Abia similar relief materials to flood affected communities.
The PCFRR team under the watch of Elumelu includes, Mrs Folorunso Alakija; Senator Clever Ikisikpo; and Secretary General of the Red Cross society, Bello Diram.
While receiving the team, Governor Obi commended President Jonathan, describing him as a genuine leader with commitment to nation building. He said, “President Jonathan has shown commitment to nation building. He personally went round the disaster area and no sitting president ever did. He’s now sending high level people like Tony Elumelu to go and finish the job. Your coming shows love despite your very busy schedules.”
He presented interim report on the devastation to the committee.