By Ruth Oketunde, Abuja.
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has commended the Federal Government for the various interventions rendered to support victims of the recent flood disaster in the state.
Bello made the commendation in Lokoja when he received the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq and officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the Government House.
The governor was represented by Mrs Hannah Odiyo, Head of Service in Kogi.
A statement by Mr Manzo Ezekiel, Head, Press Unit, NEMA, in Abuja on Wednesday, said that the governor also appreciated the Federal Government for the various economic empowerment programmes being implemented in the state.
The minister, who was represented by Mrs Nadia Mohammed, Director of Special Duties at the ministry, said that she was in the state to inaugurate various economic empowerment programmes.
Farouq said that the programmes were in line with the policy of the Federal Government to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
She said that in addition to the relief items delivered through NEMA, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the release of 12,000 metric tonnes of grains from the National Strategic Reserves for onward distribution to vulnerable Nigerians across the 36 states and the FCT.
Mr Mustapha Ahmed, Director-General, NEMA, said that the agency had deployed its staff with relevant equipment to the state for search and rescue operations, which were carried out, in collaboration with Nigerian Navy.
Ahmed, who was represented by Mr Alhassan Nuhu, Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, NEMA, said that it had delivered relief items to the communities affected by the flood.
He added that the agency had begun detailed assessment of the disaster to determine the extent of the losses in the state.