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Bayelsa Unimpressed With NEMA Relief For Flood Victims

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The Bayelsa State authorities has expressed dissatisfaction with the aid supplies delivered by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)  to victims of the flood catastrophe within the state, saying the non-food gadgets weren’t encouraging in comparison with the variety of individuals displaced within the state.

The state authorities by means of the chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, Hon. Walama Igrubia, disputed NEMA’s claims on variety of aid supplies delivered to the state between Wednesday and Thursday, saying they had been grossly insufficient.

Igrubia identified that the state obtained 41 bales of brocade, 1,000 items of males’s clothes, 1000 girls’s clothes and 1,000 kids’s clothes and 750 bundles of mosquito nets amongst others, including that what the state wanted extra was meals gadgets to look after the rising numbers of displaced individuals.

He expressed disappointment with the excuse by the federal authorities for the delay and lack of ability to supply help to the state, saying; “The state authorities because the flood has been airlifting meals gadgets from Lagos and Port Harcourt. We additionally had aid supplies by means of the ocean. I really feel that as a authorities underneath a federating unit like Nigeria, there shouldn’t be any hindrance to get us meals. Bayelsa authorities is just not relenting and has been guaranteeing that meals is made out there to these displaced.

“It is only normal and necessary that federal government through NEMA intervene. The intervention so far is not encouraging. The non-food items brought can come later but the state needs food at the moment. It is when a man eats that he can survive. I want to appeal to NEMA to expedite action.”

Tthe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) South-South zone in collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force had between Wednesday and Thursday airlifted aid provides to  the state to cushion the impact of the flood.

According to NEMA, gadgets delivered to Bayelsa State embody 1,400 baggage of 10kg rice, 1,400 baggage of 10kg beans, 1,400 baggage of 10kg maize, 75 baggage of salts (20kg), whereas non-food gadgets are 8,000 items of nylon mats, 1,000 items of mosquito nets, 600 cartons of tub cleaning soap, amongst others.


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