From Stella Obi, Ibadan
Oyo State Government in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) has distributed relief materials worth millions of naira to victims of flood disaster in the state.
Speaking on Thursday at the flag-off of the distribution of relief materials to local government chairmen for onward distribution to vulnerable indigenes, Governor Seyi Makinde who was represented by his deputy, Bayo Lawal said the government is responding to the needs of the teeming populace who have been traumatised by the prevailing flood hazards in the communities.
Lawal, who is the chairman of the task force on Oyo State Emergency Management Agency (OYSEMA), noted that the present administration is committed to the effective operation of the state agency to boost the resilience of the state to disaster risks.
According to him, Governor Seyi Makinde has graciously approved the procurement of two new Hilux vehicles for the smooth operations of the agency.
In his words: “Today’s exercise is a function of necessity to assuage the affected people and prevent secondary disasters that would aggravate further deprived livelihoods and create poverty among the people”.
The Deputy Governor while lauding the collaborative efforts of NEMA with State government, urged the Local Government Chairmen to judiciously and immediately distribute the materials to the vulnerable and the flood victims to alleviate their suffering.
Also, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Olasukanmi Olaleye appreciated government’s efforts in bringing succour to the people
Mr Olaleye challenged the Local Government Chairmen to pay special attention to the distribution of the items with a view to giving them to the real victims of the disaster.
The representative of the Director-General of NEMA, Mr Olarenwaju Kazeem identified inadequate data in the distribution of relief materials calling for the creation of Local Government emergency committee in gathering relevant information which would assist the two agencies in their mandate.
Delivering his welcome address, the Secretary of Oyo State Emergency Management Authority, Femi Opatumbi said the present administration deemed it fit to provide relief materials to the affected people as a way of assuaging their feelings.