By Adeniyi Adedeji, Ilorin
Federal Government relief materials were on Tuesday distributed to flood and rainstorm victims in Kwara State by the duo of Governor AbdulRahman AbdukRazaq and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hadjia Sadiat Sadiq.
Speaking at the distribution, the minister said she was in Kwara to flag off the distribution of the relief materials at the instance of President Muhannadu Buhari, who approved the relief packages.
The local governments affected included Moro, Edu, Patigi, Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Ilorin South, Asa and Ifelodun.
According to her, the relief materials include: 320 cartons of tin tomato; 192 bags of salt; 7,000 pieces of mattresses; 7,000 pieces of wax prints; 7,000 pieces of mosquito nets; 7,000 pieces of nylon mats; 7,000 pieces of blankets and 4,000 pieces of ceiling boards.
Others were 4,000 bags of cement; 4,000 bundles of roofing sheets; 1,500 packets of zinc nails and 500 bags of 3 inches nails.
For the affected persons in Edu, Patigi and Moro local government areas, she announced 753 12.5kg bags of rice; 753 12.5kg bags of maize, 753 25kg bags of beans, 75 20ltr kegs of vegetable oil, 38 20kg bags of salt, 126 cartons of seasoning and 63 cartons of tin tomatoes.
Also, 1,500 pieces of mattresses, 1,500 pieces of wax prints, 1,500 pieces of blankets, 1,500 pieces of mosquito nets, 150 cartons of toilet soap, 150 cartons of detergent, 1,250 bundles of roofing sheets, 1,250 bags of cement, 1,250 pieces of ceiling boards, 100 bags of 3-inch nail and 250 packets of zinc nails
Speaking, the governor expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for its support to the state during the COVID-19 lockdown.
AbdulRazaq said, “We so much appreciate the gesture and I thank the honourable minister and her team for making it happen.”
He promised that his government would ensure that the relief materials were delivered directly to the victims whose data he said had been captured and documented by the government and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.
However, the governor begged that his government used the opportunity to again appeal for more support for victims of the recent flooding in Patigi, Edu, Moro and other parts of the state that were affected.
He said, “Farmland and properties worth several billions of naira were destroyed in the incident. The state government looks forward to Federal Government’s support in this direction to give more hope to our people.”