From Paul Ibe, Enugu
The National Emergency Management Agency has donated relief materials worth several millions of naira to three communities devastated by flood in Ohaozora Council Area of Ebonyi State.
Ugwulangwu, Ohaozara and Okposi were victims of violent storm and serious flooding in October and November last year.
South East zonal coordinator of NEMA Major James Eze while handing over the materials to the chairman of Ohaozara Local Government Area, Ogbuefi Akpa urged for transparent distribution to the real victims of the incident.
He said the gesture by the federal government was aimed at cushioning effect of the suffering of the affected communities.
While appealing to politicians to desist from the alleged hijacking of relief materials, Mr. Eze appealed to the media to always assist the agency in monitoring distribution exercises.
Most of the victims who spoke to newsmen under condition of anonymity, had appealed to the state and federal government to always use religious leaders and the churches, in distributing such items.
According to one of the victims, a middle age man, who also craved anonymity, “any time government bring these type of things to us, the politicians will hijack them, and share them to only their friends and relatives.
Some of the items donated to the victims were, bags of rice, garri, beans, foams, building materials, treated mosquito nets, detergents, palm and grand nut oil. wrappers, plastic buckets, amongst others.