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National Commission For Refugees Donates Relief Materials TO CRS Victims

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SAN FRANCISCO, January 16, (THEWILL) - The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) has donated relief materials to victims of the 2012 flood disaster in Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The relief items that included building materials, mattresses, mosquito nets, insecticides and other sundry items are to be distributed to the worst hit communities in the Local Government Area.

Receiving the materials, the Director-General, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), Mr. Vincent Aquah commended the commission for its display of magnanimity noting that the materials would provide succour to the victims.

Mr. Aquah who was represented by the Chief Relief Officer in the Agency, Mr. Andy Akpotu recalled that the 2012 flooding was unprecedented and had caused an upheaval in the socio-economic status of the people.

He said that apart from homes that were ravaged, farms were submerged and or swept away by the raging flood.

According to him, over 212 communities in 14 Local Government Areas suffered the disaster and victims were still groaning over the effects.

The Director-General said that the Cross River State Government was highly appreciative of the donation which he assured would be judiciously distributed to the victims.

He used the opportunity to appeal to other philanthropic organizations to emulate the gesture of the commission by making donations to victims of flooding and other disasters in the State.

Presenting the relief, the Head of IDPs Department, Dr. (Mrs.) Ovuodo Abdullai said that the gesture was one of the practical ways to express the commission’s passion towards the plight of the 2012 flood victims.

Dr. Abdullai who is also in charge of the affairs of the commission commended the Cross River State Government for its efforts in managing the crisis.

Dr. Abdullai who was represented by the Head, Protection Unit expressed hope that the materials would create a positive impact in the lives of the victims.

In a remark, the Member Representing Odukpani/Calabar Municipality Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Ambassador, Nkoyo Toyo, commended the commission for the gesture and called for sustenance.

Ambassador Toyo who was represented by her special Assistant, Victor Effiom Ekpo promised to continue to mobilize her colleagues in the National Assembly to support the activities of the National Commission for Refugees.