Sokoto - Sokoto
State Government on Thursday donated assorted relief materials worth more than
N10 million to the victims of flood and wind storm disasters in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the victims
were from Butuku-Babba, Jibga and Shibra communities in Bodinga and Kebbe Local
Governments of the state respectively.
The materials were handed over to the caretaker chairmen of
the two Local Governments by the Director-General of the State Emergency
Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Hassan Maccido.
Maccido said that the items were meant for distribution to
434 victims in the three communities.
He listed the materials to include 300 bags of rice, millet
and maize, as well as 200 pieces each of mattresses.
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The rest of the items, according to the DG, were 300 bags of
cement, 120 bundles of roofing sheets, 200 wrappers and 200 rubber mats, among
Maccido said that the gesture was not aimed at compensating
the victims, but to alleviate their sufferings.
He urged the authorities of the two Local Governments to
ensure that the items were judiciously distributed among the victims.
Maccido further cautioned people in the state against
erecting structures along waterways, low lands and wetlands.
''Doing so poses great dangers and unpalatable consequences
in the event of natural disasters like flood,'' he explained.
The caretaker chairmen of Bodinga and Kebbe Local
Governments, Alhaji Lamido Ardo and Alhaji Bala Kokani, respectively, commended
the state government for the gesture.
They promised to set up committees comprising the members of
the affected communities, civil servants and security agencies to ensure the
judicious distribution of the materials to the intended beneficiaries.