By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami A. Abubakar has through his foundation, the Maizube Foundation, donated relief materials to victims of flood disaster in parts of Niger State now sheltered in temporary camps in different parts of the state.
The donated relief materials, worth several millions of Naira are non food items which are for the displaced persons.
The materials include assorted foot wares, clothings such as children’s wares, 100 pieces of wrappers, 441 blankets, towels, bales of clothes, mattresses, boxes, bags, mosquito nets amongst other items.
Spokesman of the foundation, Sani Suleiman said the items were to offer succour to the displaced victims of flood disaster in the state.
He said the donation was part of the foundation’s little touch and show of empathy to the plights of the affected persons.
Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso who received the materials on behalf of governor Abubakar Sani Ballo, commended the donor of the relief materials and thanked the foundation for it’s spirited efforts and contributions to the victims.
He called on other non governmental organizations, corporate bodies and well placed persons in the state to emulate the kind gesture of the foundation.
Ketso assured that the donated items would be distributed to victims of the disaster evenly without let nor discrimination.
Several hundreds of communities across Niger state were ravaged by flooding this year. Over fifteen persons were killed by the flood while hundreds of villages, farm settlements, crop fields, fishing gears and other properties were submerged and washed away by flood waters.
The flood this year was made worst by the release of excess water from the reservoir of the country’s three hydro electric power stations; the Kainji, Jebba and the Shiroro dam all located in parts of the state.
Last month, (September) Vice President Yemi Osibanjo flew into the Zungeru to inspect a camp of displaced persons at the Zungeru Primary school where some displaced communities were camped.
He had ordered that the National Emergency Management Agency should quickly supply building materials to communities affected by the flood for their resettlement away from the flood plains to avert future reoccurrence just as he pledged federal government’s resolve to put in place permanent solution to cases of flooding in parts of the state.