Both the Federal Government, as well as the Nasarawa State Government, have donated relief materials worth millions of naira to victims of flood in Tunga, Awe Local Government Area of the state.
Delivering the relief materials on behalf of the Federal Government, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, on Sunday, said though Tunga has been experiencing flood each year, the recent incidence which affected the area two weeks ago, also ravaged other communities in the local government area.
Engineer Sule added that, it was for this reason, that the Federal Government, Nasarawa State Government, as well as the lawmaker representing the area at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, saw the need to visit Tunga in order to sympathize and commiserate with the people.
This is just as Senator Al-makura, who was the immediate past governor of the state, pledged to deliver more relief materials, alongside the lawmaker representing the area at the House of Representatives, Hon. Hassan Naralaraba, who was bereaved and was unavoidably absent.
While delivering the relief materials, the Governor called on the people to ensure that only those affected by the recent flood benefit from the largesse.
Engineer Sule equally made a personal donation of N4m to be shared among those displaced by the floods, with additional N500, 000 to be shared to women and youths, who though not affected by the flood, but were present during the event.
The Governor listed the items donated by the Federal Government to include mattresses 150, mosquito nets 380, blankets 290, towels 290, plastic mats 290, wrappers for women 290, brocade materials for men 290 and plastic buckets 290.
Others are plastic plates 290, cups 290, spoons 290, diapers 30 bundles, sanitary pads 38 bundles, bathing soap 22 cartons, washing soap 22 cartons, cooking utensils 38, stoves 22, assorted men’s clothing 220, women clothing 290 and children clothing 290.
On part of the state, Engineer Sule disclosed that his administration considered the immediate needs of the victims of the flood thereby providing 25kg bags of beans 38, 38 bags of rice, maize, 16 bags of millet, 22 bags of guinea corn, 11 bags of sugar, as well as 22 bags of garri.
He later presented to the community a truck conveying the relief materials.
Speaking earlier, Senator Al-makura said he accompanied the Governor to sympathize and commiserate with the people of Tunga who were recently displaced by floods.
The lawmaker conveyed the apologies from his counterpart, Hon Nalaraba who lost his brother and was not able to be part of the visit.
He however assured that, alongside Hon Nalaraba, they will deliver relief materials to the people in order to further alleviate their plight.
While hosting the Governor earlier in his palace, the Sarkin Tunga, HRH Alhaji Bala Ibrahim Galadima, expressed appreciation over the visit by both Engineer Sule and Senator Al-makura.
The royal father disclosed that, the recent flood that devastated the community two weeks ago, affected 69 households, with the owners now displaced.
He commended the Governor for his laudable development strides across the state, particularly in Awe Local Government Area.
The Sarkin Tunga recalled that even before he became governor, Engineer Sule attracted the Dangote Group to site its sugar refinery in Tunga and for that, the people will forever remain grateful.
As a show of appreciation, the Sarkin Tunga honoured Engineer Sule with the traditional title of the Ganuwan Tunga.
The royal father however used the opportunity to call on the state government to complete the Tunga road which will be a bypass linking to Taraba and Adamawa states.
He also urged the two leaders to complete the Tunga central mosque.
Earlier, Engineer Sule, in company of Senator Al-makura, detoured to pay homage at the palace of the Sarkin Awe, HRH Alhaji Isah Abubakar Umar II, where the two leaders commiserated with the people of the area over the flood incidence.
The Sarkin Awe disclosed that over 20 houses in the Old Awe area, were destroyed by the recent flood.
Engineer Sule was equally accompanied on the visit by the commissioners of local government, community development and chieftaincy affairs, lands, women affairs, as well as the Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State, Barrister Mohammed Ubandoma Aliyu.