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Relief Materials: EL-RUFAI urges corporate organisations to emulate NIMASA

        …We share in your challenges-Dakuku
Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad El- Rufai (middle) in a handshake with
the representative of the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration
and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Dr.
Bashir Jamoh,  while receiving relief materials donated to flood victims
in the state by the agency at Government House, Kaduna. With them are Director, Special
Duties, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka (left), and officials of the state
The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam
Nasir El-Rufai, has urged corporate organisations in Nigeria to emulate the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) by supporting and
complementing government’s efforts towards alleviating the suffering of persons
affected by the recent floods and other natural disasters across the country.

The governor made the call while
receiving relief materials from the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, at Government House, Kaduna, in continuation of the donation of
relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the country.
Speaking during the presentation of
the materials at the Government House, El-Rufai said the donation came at the
right time, noting that the plight of the IDPs has been challenging and of
concern to the state and that the materials would be evenly distributed to the
IDP camps across the state.

The governor stated that the state government was
doing its best to ensure the welfare and security of IDPs in the state.
We note this
NIMASA’s act of magnanimity. Kaduna State has a total number of over 11,000
internally displaced persons who are in different IDP camps spread all over the
state and these materials came at the right time. There will be prudence,
transparency and accountability in the management of the distribution of the
donated items to the IDPs. 

“This is a commendable act and we will continue to
ensure the welfare and security of our people. And so, we call on other
corporate institutions as well as individual philanthropists to emulate
the governor said.
On his part, Dakuku stated that the
internally displaced persons across Nigeria were of utmost concern to
government because they constituted an integral part of the society and should
be catered for.
The DG, who was represented by the
Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, stated that
the gesture was in continuation of NIMASA’s nationwide donation of diverse
forms of relief materials to states affected by natural disasters, particularly
the recent flood disaster that submerged some parts of the country, including
Kaduna State.
While presenting the materials to the
governor, the DG noted that the Agency would vigorously pursue the improvement
of the welfare of Nigerians and the economy as a whole.
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is here today in line with
its Corporate Social Responsibility disposition. We are conscious of the
situation of the internally displaced persons in the country, and so we are
here with a message of hope. 
“We are not here to lament, but to felicitate with
you and at the same time encourage you to remain hopeful and steadfast in the
face of this challenge. NIMASA, as a socially responsible institution, will
continue to support efforts geared towards improving the lives of Nigerians to
make them live meaningfully in our society,” 
the DG said.
Materials donated ranged from
mattresses, garri, school bags, salt, rice, fishing nets, blanket, tins of
powdered milk, beverages, soap/ detergents, sugar, noodles, palm/vegetable oil,
amongst others.
It is worthy of note that the Federal
Government has consistently encouraged interested philanthropists and
non-governmental organisations to partner with government in order to
adequately cater for the needs of Nigerians who are affected by one form of
disaster or another. 

It is in line with such encouragement that the Management
of NIMASA embarked on the provision of relief materials of diverse forms to the
Internally Displaced Persons across 20 states of the federation throughout the
Six Geo-political Zones.

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