Benue - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday donated relief materials worth millions of Naira to the victims of communal crises in Agagbe, Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue.
The items distributed included 100 bags, 500 pieces of nylon mats, 500 pieces of wax prints and 50 cartons of bathing soap.
Others were 200 roofing sheets, 100 bags of assorted nails, 100 bags each of guinea corn, beans, maize and millet, 400 bags of cement, and 2,000 pieces of roofing planks.
The Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, who made the donation, expressed regret over the communal crises in the area.
He appealed to the people to evolve peaceful means of settling their disputes.
Sidi, who was represented by Dr. Charles Agbo, a Director in the agency, said the Federal Government intervened to complement the efforts of the state government in providing succour to the victims.
Receiving the items, Gov. Gabriel Suswam commended NEMA for the assistance, saying that the materials would
be of tremendous assistance the people.
Suswam, however, warned the local government caretaker chairman not to share the materials out to party loyalists as political patronage.
``I want to warn you, the local government caretaker chairman, that these materials are not for political patronage but relief materials to victims of the communal crises, and must be given to them.
``I want you to constitute a committee comprising supervisory councillors in all the affected council wards of this local government to ensure that only the victims get these materials.''