The state government in coalition with National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA), on Thursday, 25th of June dispersed relief materials to victims of the 2019 rainstorm and flood disaster in Afijio local government.
This is line with Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration’s commitment to the welfare of Oyo state citizens. The relief materials distribution was directed by the State Deputy Governor, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, at the Afijio local government council secretariat in Oyo town.
Olaniyan said that the local government councils have been asked to create Local Emergency Management committees so that disaster management is efficient and timely.
The state government partnered with the National Emergency Management Agency to provide relief to over 300 residents in Afijio who lost belongings and means of livelihood during the storm and flood disaster.
Olaniyan pleaded with residents not to engage in activities that can cause flood disasters expressing that activities such as blockage of waterways with refuse, buildings and inadequate drainage systems are human activities that increase the probability of such disaster.
He appealed to them to embrace environmentally sustainable activities like planting trees and recycling of the waste in a way that saves our planet from adverse climate change and global warming.
Engineer Olaniyan encouraged affected residents to put the disasters in the past and make vital endeavours to recover because only a healthy mind can support national development.
In their separate remarks, the Directors of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA and the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, Mr Lukman Arasi and Mr Siaku Lugard explained that both agencies have been working hand in hand to ensure that disasters that are avertable are prevented to ensure the safety of lives and properties.
They also enjoined individuals to make the best use of the items given to them, be law-abiding and take precautionary measures to prevent a flood.
The relief materials include food items, beddings and building materials.