NEMA despatches team to Benue over flooding

Abuja, Sept. 1, 2017 (TNE) : The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has despatched a team to provide humanitarian services to residents in who were affected by recent flooding in Benue.

NEMA Director-General Mustapha Maihaja, made this known in a statement signed by Mr Sani Datti, Head of Media and Public Relations, in Abuja on Friday.

Maihaja said that the immediate redeployment of the humanitarian team followed the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari to provide immediate assistance to flood victims in the state.

He said that the team had been reinforced with another contingent headed by Air Commodore Paul Ohemu, Director, Search and Rescue.

He said that this is in addition to the officers of the North-Central Zonal Office of NEMA in Jos.

NEMA boss said they are to deliver immediate humanitarian assistance to the affected persons in the various locations and to assess the situation for further support.

He said that seven 30-tonne trucks had been despatched to the state and are due to arrive in Makurdi on Friday.

Maihaja sympathised with the affected people and gave the assurance that NEMA would work closely with the state government in providing the necessary assistance.

On Thursday, President Muhammadu directed NEMA to deploy personnel and resources to provide succour to victims of flooding in Benue.

The flood reportedly displaced more than 100,000 people in 12 local government areas of the state. (TNE)

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