The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has delivered the second tranche of food and
non-food items to Bayelsa state, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has disclosed

Special adviser to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Nneka Ikem Anibeze in a statement gave the latest update on the recent status of flood relief interventions to Bayelsa confirming that ongoing airlifting of the relief materials by the Nigerian AirForce which commenced on Tuesday 25th October 2022.
According to the statement, NEMA, through the South South zonal office, delivered assorted relief materials comprising food and non-food items for immediate distribution in Otegwe and Ibelebiri communities of Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa.

Following heavy flooding of the East West Road linking to the state,
the Nigerian Airforce intervened in airlifting operations of relief items from Benin Airport to Port Harcourt International Airport and the subsequent use of helicopters to move the items to the Helipad in Yenagoa, the state capital.

She listed Additional relief items delivered to include;
I. 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets;
II. 600 cartons of bath soap;
III. 2,500 pieces of guinea brocade;
IV. 1,000 pieces of children’s wear;
V. 1,000 pieces women’s wear;
VI. 1,000 pieces of men’s wear
VII. 8,000 pieces of nylon mats.
Food items;
I. 1,000 bags (10kg) of rice
II. 1,000 bags (10kg) of beans
III. 1,000 bags (10kg) of maize
IV. 75 bags (20kg) of iodized salt
V. 150 cartons of seasoning cube
VI. 75 kegs (20L) of Veg oil
VII. 75 cartons of tin tomato

According to the statement the additional relief materials are in addition to an earlier consignment delivered on Oct 8, 2022 which included:

I. 400 bags of 10 kg rice
II. 400 bags of 10kg maize
III. 300 bags of 10kg garri
IV. 50 kegs vegetable.oil
V. 200 cartons of tin tomato
VI. 200 cartons of indomie
VII. 200 bundles of roofing sheets
VIII. 200 bags of cement
IX. 40 bags of 3″nails
X. 50 sheets of zinc
The statement said “Despite heavy flooded routes along Kogi State and other locations on the way to Bayelsa State, delivery of the third consignment of relief items to Bayelsa state is in progress.
“NEMA has equally procured more relief items for a third intervention in less than a month to be delivered to the state as follows:
A. 1,000 bags (10kg) of rice
B. 1,000 bags (10kg) of beans
C. 1,000 bags (10kg) of garri
D. 300 bags (20kg) of iodized salt
E.200 cartons of seasoning
F.100 kegs (20L) of vegetable oil
G. 1,000 pieces of foam mattresses
H. 1,500 pieces of nylon mats
I. 1,000 pieces of blankets
J. 2,000 pieces of mosquito treated net
K. 800 pieces of Guinea brocade
L. 1,500 pieces of children’s wear
M. 500 pieces of wax prints.

Recall that Umar Farouq had directed NEMA’s intervention team which is presently in the state to collaborate with the State Emergency Management Agency, the Nigerian Navy in Bayelsa State, NNS Pathfinder in Rivers State, Nigerian Red Cross and Local Volunteers to carry out an in-depth assessment of the damage by the flood, for further assistance by the federal government.

The statement indicated that the Minister again sympathised with the government and good people of Bayelsa state as she assured the victims of government’s support always.

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