A group, the Niger Delta Progressive Youth Forum, has demanded transparency and accountability in the distribution of relief items by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to the flooded communities and victims in the Niger Delta region.
The group noted that the reliefs sent by the government which is to ameliorate the recent devastating effect caused by the flooding, must reach the affected communities and residents.
The Niger Delta Progressive Youth Forum in a press release in Abuja by its president, Chief Richard Egbe Egbe, noted that the state emergency management agencies must “imbibe the spirit of transparency and accountability in the discharge of their duties towards ensuring that affected citizens affected are properly taken care of.”
The group said, “The relief materials donated by NEMA are 115 Metric Tonnes of Maize, the equivalent of 6,100 bags of 70kg grains, 99.7 Metric Tones of Sorghum which is the equivalent of 2,774 bags of 60kg and 85.7 Metric Tons of Garri amounting to 2,948 bags of 20kg. Other items received from NEMA to cushion the devastating effects of floods includes rice, beans, groundnut oil, children wear, mats and clothing materials valued at several millions of naira.
“It was further acknowledged that other items that were received and distributed were 556 bags of 12.5kg rice, 556 bags of 25kg beans, 556 bags of 12.5 kg of nails 56 kegs of palm oil, 93 cartons of warning cubes, 46 cartons of tomato paste and 3,112 pieces of blankets.
“Items such as, 3,112 pieces of foam mattress, 625 cartons of bath soap, 756 pieces of wax print, 800 bundles of roofing sheets, 185 bags of 3 inches nails, 670 packets of zinc nail and 3,668 pieces of ceiling boards where further distributed.”
Egbe added that “It could be noted that, Ahmed Habib, the director general of NEMA, was present at the provisions to the Niger Delta disaster victims, while delivering consignment of materials valued at several millions of naira to the office of Delta State Emergency Management Agency (DSEMA).”