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NIMASA begins donation of relief materials to displaced persons in 20 States

The Nigerian
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Tuesday commenced the
donation of relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) nationwide,
with the presentation of household items to the IDPs in Lagos.

The exercise,
which took place at the Lagos State Emergency Resettlement and Relief Camp at
Igando, Alimosho Local Government Area, involved relief materials worth
millions of naira.

Twenty States across the Nation’s Six Geopolitical Zones are set to benefit,
beginning with Lagos State. Others are Rivers, Niger, Benue, Kastina, Plateau,
Kaduna, Edo, Yobe, and Kogi States.

Other States ravaged by floods lined up to benefit include; Kano, Sokoto,
Anambra, Taraba, Osun, Delta, Cross River, Ogun, Bayelsa and Ondo States.

presenting the materials to the IDPs, in Lagos, the Director General of the
Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said the gesture was in line with NIMASA’s
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, which is partly focused on
touching the lives of people, especially the indigent and displaced persons,
and changing their stories.

Dakuku, who was represented by the Director, Special Duties (External Relations
and Technical Cooperation), Hajia Lami Tumaka, said NIMASA had decided to
identify with victims of natural and other disasters living in the camp in
Lagos to try to give them a sense of belonging.

He told the displaced persons that “We have come here to identify with you and
to share in your trying moments. Let me assure you that it will not be for
long, as the government is aware of the challenges you are going through and is
doing everything possible to get you properly resettled in order to lead normal
lives again.

“As a socially
responsible corporate entity, we are concerned with your well-being and we
remain committed to partnering with the Lagos State Government to ameliorate
your challenges.”
The DG called
on other well-meaning organisations and individuals to come forward with relief
measures to support the victims of natural and other disasters.
He urged the
Lagos State Government to remain resolute in its enforcement of the demolition
of weak buildings to avert further incidences of building collapse in the

Earlier in his
welcome address, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management
Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu, commended NIMASA for consistently being a
worthy partner in the effort to support IDPs in the state. 

Tiamiyu pledged the
readiness of the Lagos State Government to continue to partner with the Agency
in the attempt to assist and resettle all victims of disaster in the state.

According to him, “NIMASA has remained a worthy partner and we call on other
agencies, corporate bodies, and individuals to emulate this gesture so that in
no distant time the IDPs can be resettled in their homes and continue with
their normal lives and activities.

“I recall that last year, NIMASA also brought a lot of relief materials to
victims of flood disaster. So on behalf of the government of Lagos State and,
indeed, the displaced Lagosians, I say, thank you to Dr. Dakuku Peterside and
the Management of NIMASA.”

The materials
donated by NIMASA included food items, clothing materials, bedding,
toiletries, wheel chairs, and baby food, among other household items.

It would be
recalled that NIMASA,  in 2018, donated relief materials to victims of floods
and insurgency in 11 states of the federation. 

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