The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has distributed relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ekiti State, saying such gesture signposted the respect the federal government placed on the comfort of the citizens.
The Ekiti State Government also promised not to relent in its efforts to give assistance to disaster victims and vulnerable people to live normal lives again.
Distributing the materials in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the state Deputy Governor, Chief BisiEgbeyemi, said the state government would always collaborate with governmental agencies, corporate organisations and donor agencies to give succour to vulnerable people to relieve of their burdens.
Some of the relief materials handed out to the beneficiaries include tricycles, motorcycles, grinding machines, hairdryers, sewing machines among others.
While commending NIMASA for the gesture, Egbeyemi described the action as an example of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which should be emulated by other corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals.
Egbeyemi appreciated the federal government, donor agencies, corporate organisations and individuals who had contributed towards the development of the state and assistance to victims of natural and man-made disasters.
He called for more relief materials in order to capture victims of the 2020 natural disasters who were yet to benefit from the government support programme.
According to him, “These relief materials were donated to improve the livelihoods of IDPs in the state and to help beneficiaries become self-sufficient.
“At this juncture, I must say that it has always been the state government interest to assist vulnerable people in the state to reclaim their normal lives and achieve self-sufficiency without becoming a burden.
“This is evident in its efforts at various angles through programmes to give a better life to its citizenry. In the light of this, I would like to implore all the beneficiaries to make good use of the items distributed.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Captain Sunday Adebomi (rtd), explained that the materials distributed were parts of the social responsibility on part of the agency and the state Governor, Kayode Fayemi’s passion to alleviate poverty and create wealth.
The SEMA boss pointed out that over 4,000 people had enjoyed relief materials, out of over 5,000 victims of different disasters recorded in the state in 2020
Adebomi said the victims of this year’s disasters would be captured as soon as the government procured more relief materials, and urged them to be patient.