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Katsina State appreciates NIMASA for relief materials given to flood victims

 …We’re happy to touch lives, says Dakuku

The Katsina State Government has commended the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for supporting the
government’s effort to take care of the welfare of its people, saying the
gesture is a great relief.

Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu,
gave the commendation while receiving relief items donated by NIMASA to
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) in the state, in furtherance of the
Agency’s support to victims of flood and other disasters across the country.
Alhaji Yakubu said the major cause of displacement in
Katsina in the recent past was the activities of bandits.
He, however, informed the NIMASA delegation that the
government had closed almost all the IDP camps and reintegrated the victims
into their communities to go about their business of farming.
“So far we have succeeded in
closing all but one IDP camp so that our people can return to farming because
they produce what they eat. We do not want to have a fresh crisis on our hands
next year occasioned by food insecurity,” 
the Deputy Governor said.
He, however, assured that the State Emergency
Management Agency would go to the localities of the victims for distribution of
the relief materials to them.
While presenting the materials at Government House,
Katsina, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, explained that
the Board and Management of the Agency took the decision to provide succour to
IDPs in 20 states in recognition of the plight of the victims, which according
to him, cannot be handled by government alone.
Dakuku said, “We saw a need to support victims of
flood and other disasters because of the suffering they were going through as a
result of being displaced from their abodes. And since government cannot do it
alone, the Board and Management of NIMASA approved the provision of relief
materials to 20 states in the country, Katsina being one of them, in order to
ameliorate the people’s plight. That is why we are here today.”
While commending the Katsina State Government for its
resilience in dealing with flood and, recently, banditry in parts of the state,
the Director-General called on other well-meaning Nigerians and corporate
organisations to come to the aid of victims who have been displaced as a result
of these social malaises.
The NIMASA DG, who was represented by the Director,
Maritime Labour Services, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril, further said that the gesture was
part of the Agency’s Corporate Social Responsibility.
Items presented by NIMASA included mattresses, mats,
rice, grains, sugar, noodles, palm oil, vegetable oil and consumables, like
baby diapers, detergents, soap, and disinfectants.
It would be recalled that NIMASA commenced the
distribution of relief materials to 20 states of the federation in March this
year with the flag off held at the Lagos State Emergency and Disaster
Management Camp in Igando. 

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