The National Emergency Management Agency and the member representing Ikwo/Ezza South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chinedu Ogah, have distributed relief materials and cash to victims of the 2023 flood in Ikwo Local government Area of Ebonyi State.
The relief materials included bags of rice, beans, garri, bundles of zinc, mattresses, clothes, mats, buckets, cups and other items.
The materials and cash were shared with the victims at the weekend in Ikwo, Ikwo local government area of the state..
Ogah lauded President Bola Tinubu for granting the request to assist victims of disaster in various constituents of the state.
He also commended the Vice president, Kashim Shettima, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President and the state Governor, Chief Francis Nwifuru for their support so far.
“I also thank the Director General of NEMA, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, for giving us a sense of belonging,” Ogah said.
The Zonal Coordinator, South-East, NEMA, Mrs Ngozi Echeazu, said the donation was made to June 2023 flood victims, to alleviate the suffering of the victims.
Echeazu, who was represented by an official of the agency, Mr Nnayelugo Ezeani, said the donation was not a compensation and replacement for their huge losses but encouragement, support from the federal government to assist them.
She said that there was a need for early campaign, continuous sensitisation, meetings and collaboration among community leaders to prevent and address the menace of flood.
“In June 2023, NEMA and the state agency came for assessment as to ascertain the level of damage which affected buildings, household items, farmlands, economic trees among others.
“People should ensure they do not build on waterways and flood prone areas,” Echeazu said.
The Chairman of the Council area, Mr Sunday Nwankwo, commended the Federal Government and the lawmaker for attracting the gesture to the area.
Nwankwo disclosed that the state government was making plans to reduce the trend in the state.
“There is a need for continuous enlightenment to people on the best ways of reducing the impact of flood,” Nwankwo said.