NIMASA Donates Tricycles, Sewing Machines, Others To Flood Victims in Kogi State

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NIMASA's Deputy Director Reform Cordination and Strategy Management, Mr Owonubi Olajide (left) in an handshake with Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr Edward Onoja during the presentation of relief items by NIMASA to flood victims in Kogi State

By DAPO OLAWUNI

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has donated tricycles, sewing machines, grinding engines alongside other relief materials worth millions of Naira to victims of flood and other Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Kogi State.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh who was represented by the Deputy Director Reform Cordination and Strategy Management, Mr Owonubi Olajide, said the donation was part of the agency’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to reduce the plight of those affected by flood and other disasters.

Recall that Kogi State is one of the worst hit states, usually affected by perennial floods which leaves communities displaced and livelihoods destroyed, thereby causing hunger and other forms of vulnerability for the people.

Some of the items presented by NIMASA to the Internally Displaced Persons in Kogi State.

While presenting the items to the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, the NIMASA DG said “This is a challenge for all Nigerians, so, we are pleading with people that are blessed, the multinational companies, the private sector to please reach out to those affected by the flood”

“The idea of giving out these items is to assist the needy and those displaced by flood, I believe they need it more, I dont think they would go and sell it”

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello who received the items through his deputy, Mr Edward Onoja, applauded the quality of the items provided.

Speaking, the governor said “In the past, relief items has only been about food items, but yours has gone a step higher to not just provide fish, but to get fish continuously.
So, we appreciate NIMASA for this gesture”

The Governor assured that the government would ensure that it is only those that are truly displaced that would get the relief items.

“When you give items like this, we ensure that they are judiciously distributed to those who need it, we do not follow the usual public practice, I would monitor to ensure that beneficiaries are those who should ordinarily benefit” the Governor assured.

The items which runs into several millions include tricycles, motorcycles, grinding machines, sewing machines, hair cutting kits and other vocational materials with displaced persons can engage in economic activities and earn a living.

Also speaking at the occasion, Anthony Ujah, Member Representing Obama Olamaboro State Constituency, called on other government agencies to take a leaf from what NIMASA has done in the state.

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