The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has initiated the distribution of relief supplies to individuals affected by the flood disaster and other vulnerable populations in Kaduna State, aligning with the objectives of the Special National Economic and Livelihood Emergency Intervention (SNELEI),leadership reports.
Mustapha Habib Ahmed, the Director-General of NEMA, officially launched the distribution in Kaduna yesterday. He explained that the federal government had granted approval for this intervention, specifically targeting those affected by the 2022 flood disaster and individuals classified as the most vulnerable nationwide.
Ahmed, who was represented by Ngozi Echeazu, the South-East Coordinator of NEMA, disclosed that 660,884 households had been verified and identified as beneficiaries of this special intervention program across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He highlighted that the intervention included the provision of agricultural inputs such as crop seedlings and equipment to aid farmers in their return to farming, thereby stimulating crop production and safeguarding national food security. Furthermore, he emphasized that this initiative was expected to trigger value chain activities at the grassroots level.
Additionally, Ahmed noted that the support items were intended to assist artisans in improving their businesses and contributing to economic growth. He urged the beneficiaries not to undermine the federal government’s benevolent intentions by selling the items distributed.
The distributed items encompassed rice, maize, sorghum, sewing machines, and grinding machines.
Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, commended the initiative, emphasizing the admirable collaboration between NEMA, SEMA, and other agencies with the state government. She noted that this partnership demonstrated a robust bond in managing disasters and providing relief materials to victims through such interventions.