From: Ali Abare, Gombe
Chairman of Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI), Lt. Gen T.Y Danjuma (rtd) has ordered for the immediate distribution of PCNI-handled intervention relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as well as residents affected by recent floods in Gombe State.
State representative on the PCNI, Aliyu Kamara, disclosed this to journalists, on Thursday.
Kamara handed over the materials in a brief ceremony to a committee comprising officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Red Cross Society as well as local and international nongovernmental organizations for onward distribution to affected individuals and communities.
He said that the committee was to ensure equitable distribution of the relief materials.
Receiving the materials on behalf of the committee, Danlami Rukuje, Executive Secretary of SEMA, said the materials, which comprises food, and nonfood materials, would be distributed among IDPs, victims of recent floods and host communities.
“In our wisdom, we decided what to give to individual beneficiaries based on their immediate needs. For instance, we will give host communities building materials while the IDPs will be given food and other relevant materials,” he said.
Details of the relief materials consisting of 25 different items include 2000 bags of rice, millet, maize, 1, 500 bags of sugar, 1000 pieces of roofing sheets, plastic plates, spoons, bucket, wax print, packet of pampers, blankets and brocade materials.
Others are: 1000 gallons of vegetable oil, 1000 cartons of Indomie, 1, 500 bags of beans, 1000 pieces of nylon mat, 400 pieces of mattresses, 1000 pieces of ceiling boards among others.
Daily Sun recalls that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recently arrested Danlami Rukuje, executive secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency over alleged diversion of relief materials provided by the PCNI for IDPs in the state.