By Hammed Shittu
Kwara State government Sunday said it had spent about N100millio on the provision of relief materials to various disaster victims in the outgoing year.
Besides, it also announced that about 25,000 victims have benefited from various kinds of relief assistance from the state government in the outgoing year.
Special Adviser on Emergency and Relief Services to the state governor, Alhaji Musa Abdullahi, disclosed this in Ilorin, at the weekend, during the commencement of the distribution of relief materials donated by various agencies and organisations.
The agencies include Presidential Committee on flood relief and rehabilitation, NEMA, MTN foundation, Uniform, Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation and Students of Sociology of Education Department of the state university, (KWASU), Malete.
According to him, “the development is meant to bring new lease of life to those affected by the disasters in the state.”
He said it was also part of the present administration commitment to add values to the socio-economic well being of the populace.
Abdullahi added that: “About 25,000 people were provided with relief materials across the state.
He also said 32 hacker of farmland, which include rice millet, guinea corn, maize and other valuables items worth over N85 million were submerged to flood in some local government councils in the state.”
He stressed further that, the state government had also trained over 50 students on disaster management.
Abdullahi said the state recorded major disasters such as flood, fire, as well as rainstorm across the state, noting that the situation had negative impact on the economy of the people of the state in the last one year.
He explained that the emergency relief committee had worked with other Millennium Development Agencies (MDAs) in the state to open up drainages in order to allow free flow of water
In another development, Sterling Bank Plc has presented 100 bags of cements, bundles of Iron sheets, and packets of nails to the state government as part of its support to flood victims.
Presenting the items on behalf of the bank, Mr. johnson Ogundeji, sympathised with the victims over the incident, saying the donation was part of their social responsibilities to their immediate communities.
Responding, Abdullahi thanked the bank and other agencies for their concern and donations to the affected victims.
He, however, appealed to other notable people in the country to support the flood