AUSTIN OMOS OYIBODE, EDITOR
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, on Wednesday presented two truck loads of relief materials to the people of Delta state who were affected by the flood that ravaged the state in 2018.
Emeraldng.com reports that Dakuku who was represented by the Head of Corporate Communication, Mr. Isichei Asamgbi, said the gesture was in recognition of the pains of the people who suffered untold hardship during the flood that swept many states, especially coastal states in Nigeria. Dakuku identified 20 states that were heavily affected by the flood.
The materials presented included sewing machines, bags of rice, garri beans, toiletries, beddings, vegetable oil and others. These items were driven to the warehouse of Delta state State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in two trucks.
According to him: “We are touched by the recent devastation occasioned by the 2018 flood. We are moved to present our token to assist the good work being done by the state government. About 20 states of the federation were affected by the flood. Many people were displaced and properties lost. We are therefore here to show love because the flood can affect anybody.”
He said: “We are in realization of the fact that an injury to one is an injury to all. NIMASA has decided to render this assistance in 20 states of the federation. We’ve done in Ogun, Lagos, Enugu, Benue and others.
“This project is targeted at all places where there are flood victims. We are here with the message of hope. We are here with food items, mattresses, toiletries and a lot of others.
“With the support of President Muhammadu Buhari, we will do our best for the flood victims and Nigerians. We are therefore calling on corporate bodies to join hands in ameliorating the pains of our people.
“We are doing this to alleviate the suffering of our people in the 20 states that we identified across the country in all the six geo-political zones. We are doing same in Lagos, Ogun, Niger, Anambra, Delta, Rivers, Benue and others.
“We are joining hands with every other well meaning Nigerian to let our fellow citizens know that we are with them, we are feeling their pains and we share in their problems. We can say that together, we want to join in helping them.
“On behalf of the Director General of NIMASA and the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari, we want to extend our hands of fellowship to the governor of Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to see how we can alleviate the challenges of our brothers and sisters who are affected by the flood and we appreciate the good job being done in Delta state.
“For us, it’s just the beginning, our corporate social responsibility is not just limited to donating relief materials, it also intended to let Nigerians know that the growth and development of this country is a continuous process by all Nigerians.”
Central zonal coordinator of NIMASA, Femowei Abel, expressed happiness that NIMASA responded to the call of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to donate materials to flood victims across the country. He said besides responding to flood victims, the agency has been aiding victims of ship wrecks in high seas.
State commissioner for Bureau for Special Duties, Ernest Ogwezzy, commended the team for finding it good to assist victims of the 2018 flood disaster.
He said the relief materials provided by the agency will bring succor to those affected by the flood, even as he assured that the materials will be made available to the people and communities concerned.
The agency also presented office equipment to the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) which lodged a complaint that some of their office materials were destroyed by the flood in Oshimili south and Patani areas of the state.