In line with the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration’s commitment to the welfare of Oyo State citizens, the State government, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), on Thursday, distributed relief materials to victims of the 2019 rainstorm and flood disaster in the Afijio Local Government Area of the State.
The distribution of the relief materials to over 300 residents in Afijio, who lost property and means of livelihood during the storm and flood disaster, was supervised by the State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, at the premises of the Afijio Local Government Council in Oyo Town.
Olaniyan stated that the Local Government councils had been enjoined to constitute Local Emergency Management committees so that disaster management would be localised, in order to ensure that the grassroots could promptly react to natural disasters.
The Deputy Governor further enjoined residents to ensure they do not engage in activities that could cause flood disasters, stating that blockage of waterways with refuse; buildings and inadequate drainage systems are human activities that could increase the chances of such disasters.
He appealed to the residents to embrace environmentally sustainable activities, like the planting of trees and recycling of waste, in a way that saves our planet from adverse climate change and global warming.
Olaniyan urged the affected residents to put the disasters in the past where it belongs and make necessary efforts to integrate into society because only a healthy mind could help in national development.
In their separate remarks, the Director of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Lukman Arasi, and the Director, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mr. Siaku Lugard, said that both agencies had been working hand in hand to ensure that disasters that are avertable are prevented to ensure the safety of lives and property.
The directors also enjoined the affected residents 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 distributed include food items, beddings and building materials.