The Nigerian Marittme Administration and Safety Agency on Thursday donated relief materials to the Ogun government for onward distribution to flood victims in the state.
The Director – General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, stated at the presentation ceremony in Abeokuta that the gesture was to complement the efforts of the federal and the state governments in providing succor for victims of disasters.
Peterside said: “Disasters can happen at any time and the effects can be devastating.
“This is why the agency is reaching out to at least 20 states across all the geo-political zones of the country to provide relief materials that would complement the efforts of the federal and state governments.”
The relief materials include consumables and different types of equipment to assist the victims in reviving their businesses.
Peterside, who was represented by the Director, Western Zonal office of the agency, Olayemi Abass, said that the agency is committed to collaborating with the Ogun government in restoring the victims to their pre-loss positions.
Abass said: “Disaster can affect lives and properties and the effect can be devastating especially when you consider the fact that natural disasters cannot be planned for.
“NIMASA has therefore decided to go round the country to reach out to as many lives that are affected as possible.
“We are also looking at working on needs assessment of the affected states so that we can provide materials that will help them back to their normal lives.”
Peterside explained that the closeness of Ogun to Lagos State where Nigeria’s major ports were domiciled had made Ogun important to the country.
He emphasised the pivital role of Ogun in easing out congestion in the processes of evacuation of goods from the Lagos ports.
While receiving the items on behalf of the state government, the Permanent Secretary, Ogun Ministry of Environment, Yetunde Dina, commended NIMASA for reaching out to the state.
Dina, who gave assurance that the materials would be distributed judiciously, noted that “Ogun is one of the worst hit when it comes to flooding”.