By Nwanosike Onu and Emma Elekwa

The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) yesterday donated relief materials to victims of 2018 flood in Anambra State.

Items donated include sewing machines, mattresses, blankets, diapers, cooking oil, detergents, noodles, bags of maize, flour, beans, salt, sugar, water, among others.

NIMASA Director-General Dakuku Peterside said the items were palliatives to succour the victims.

Peterside, who was represented by the Director of Internal Audit, Mr. Victor Onuzuruike, added that the donation targeted 20 states, and had already held in Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Benue, Kogi, Ondo, Edo, Ogun, Delta, among others.

He said: “We’re here principally to associate ourselves with the calamities that befell our brothers and sisters last year. We thought it wise to show concern to alleviate their plight. The items might not really solve all their problems, but we believe they will touch the lives of many.”

The NIMASA DG attributed the late arrival of the items to bureaucracy in the system, and promised it would be corrected next time.

He also promised to return to the state with increased package in view of the enormity of the disaster.

“Managing over 18,000 persons is not an easy task in terms of accommodation, feeding and other logistics,” he added.

Peterside called on other corporate organisations and spirited individuals to assist the government in taking care of victims, as the government alone could not handle the situation.

Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Paul Odenigbo thanked the agency for the gesture, and promised a proper distribution of the items.

“NIMASA has not done this before, remembering Anambra from far away Lagos. We expect more from them this year because we’ve been informed of impending flood which we have already made plans to mitigate,” he said.

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