Oyo State Gives Succour to Flood Victims

Oyo State government in collaboration with National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA has distributed relief materials to the vulnerable and victims of this year flood disaster in the state.

The symbolic presentation of the materials which cut across the 33 Local Government and 35 LCDAs in Oyo state was held at the Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan.

Speaking at the event, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Chief Bayo Lawal said the state government is guided by community-based approach and grassroot focus in the distribution of several foods and non-food items worth millions of naira as relief packages to the affected victims.

He said the government is committed to effective operation of the state emergency management agency to boost the resilience of the state to disaster risks noting that Governor Makinde has approved the procurement of two hilux vehicles for smooth operation of OYSEMA.

The Deputy Governor while lauding the collaborative efforts of NEMA with State government, urged the Local Government Chairmen to judiciously and immediately distribute the materials to the vulnerable and the flood victims to alleviate their suffering.

Also, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Olasukanmi Olaleye appreciated government’s efforts in bringing succour to the people

Mr Olaleye challenged the Local Government Chairmen to pay special attention to the distribution of the items with a view to giving them to the real victims of the disaster.

The representative of the Director-General of NEMA, Mr Olarenwaju Kazeem and the Secretary of OYSEMA, Mr Femi Opatumbi who identified inadequate data in the distribution of relief materials called for the creation of Local Government emergency committee in gathering relevant information which would assist the two agencies in their mandate

The relief materials which had been handed over to the Local Government Chairmen includes food items such, rice, garri, sorghum, groundnut oil, mats and clothes.

The representative of Olubadan, Otun Balogun of Ibadan, High Chief Abimbola Ajibola and the Onpetu of Ijeruland, Oba Sunday Oyediran graced the occasion.

Iyabo Adebisi

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