April 24, 2024

Beneficiaries of SNELEI in A’Ibom laud FG, NEMA over relief materials

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Beneficiaries of SNELEI in A'Ibom laud FG, NEMA over relief materials

Akpan Umoh, Uyo

Beneficiaries of Special National Economic Livelihood Emergency Intervention (SNELEI) have commended President Bola Tinubu, the Federal Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the relief materials they received following the 2022 flooding.

The beneficiaries gave their commendations when the Monitoring and Evaluation Team led by Mr Abdulkadir Ibrahim, visited Uyo on Thursday to assess the impacts of the programme on beneficiaries in the state.

Madam Mary Udo, one of the beneficiaries, who received grinding machine, said she made an average of N3, 000 daily from the machine.

She said that the grinding machine has helped her to take care of her children as she could hardly fed the children before.

Udo, a widow of five children thanked the President, federal government and ÑEMA for coming to her rescue in times of difficulties.

“My name is Mary Dan Udo from Ikot Aduot in Ibesikpo Asutan LGA. I have used this grinding machine given to me to earn a living.

“The machine has been useful and I used the proceeds to take care of my children, since I am a widow with five children.

“I want to thank President Bola Tinubu, the Federal Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for this kind gesture and appeal for more support,” she said.

Another beneficiary of the SNELEI programme, Mr Monday Umo, expressed appreciation to the federal government for the support given him during the period.

According to him, the flooding which affected him and his household was monumental as it left the family without food to feed on.

Umo said he received bags of rice, beans, gari, vegetable oil, salt magi and detergents, among other items from the programme.

Mr Ndifreke Udo, who received the sewing machine also applauded the federal government for coming up with the programme to assist the less privileged and those affected by the disaster.

Udo said the sewing machine has added value to his life, as he can sew clothes for himself and for others to make money.

Another beneficiary, who benefited from non-food items, Miss Mary Dennis, thanked NEMA for the materials received during the period.

“My name is Mary Dennis from Uyo LGA, I collected some items from the Federal Government through NEMA.

“My house was flooded and all my things were spoilt and the Federal Government came to my aid by giving me matress, blanket, mat, stove and bucket. I thank them for their gesture” she said.

In his comment after the monitoring and evaluation exercise, Mr Abdulkari Ibrahim, Assistant Chief Information Officer, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said about 7, 000 households are expected to benefit from the programme in Akwa Ibom.

He said that about 1, 585 households were covered in the first batch, adding that they were expecting to have about 3, 000 households in the second batch.

Ibrahim added that the 2022 flooding affected 17 out of 31 local government areas of the state, adding the beneficiaries were enumerated within the 17 high-risk LGAs.

“We are here on monitoring and evaluation for beneficiaries of Special National Economic Livelihood Emergency Intervention (SNELEI) for victims of flood and vulnerable persons across the country.

“For the first batch, about 1, 585 households were covered in the first batch, while we are expecting to have about 3, 000 households in the second batch coming up very soon this month.

“About 7, 000 households are expected to benefit from this programme in Akwa Ibom State.

“We have done over 80 per cent of the distribution, so the second phase of distribution would be done immediately,” he said.

Traders lament as fire destroys 300 shops in Lagos market

No fewer than 300 shops were destroyed in a fire accident that occurred in the Ladipo plank market, Orile-Iganmu area of Lagos State on Wednesday.

The spokesperson for the Lagos State Fire Service, Amodu Shakiru, confirmed this to PUNCH Metro in an exclusive interview.

Our correspondents who visited the scene of the fire accident gathered that the shops which were arranged in lines of 75 shops each, had five lines with four of the lines destroyed by the fire.

Many of the shop owners were seen lamenting the extent of the damage caused by the fire which started at midnight Wednesday before being quelled through a combined effort of the officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and men of the Lagos Fire Service.

According to Shakiru, the fire was not caused by an electrical surge as speculated because there was no power supply to the market hours before the incident and hours after it had commenced.

He said, “There are five lines of shops in the market, four of the lines were destroyed by the fire. Each of the lines contained an average of 75 shops which sum the total shops affected to 300. There are other attachment shops which numbers cannot be ascertained.

“Although we are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire, it can’t be blamed on an electricity surge because there was no power supply to the market hours before the fire broke out and hours after it. Just like most fire incidents, I think it will be a case of negligence on the part of the shop owners but we are conducting our investigation to unravel the cause of the fire.”

Shakiru disclosed further that efforts were still in top gear to ensure an escalation of the fire due to the inflammatory nature of goods being sold in the market.

“We are still doing everything necessary to curtail further escalation of the fire because the items that are affected are combustible. You know that plank is a flammable material. We have begun evacuation of the debris while ensuring that the fire did not surge again,” he said.

Meanwhile, the traders while lamenting the loss that the fire had caused them expressed fear that the Lagos State Government may take over the land after the incident.

A trader, who identified himself as Rasheed, claimed that billions of naira had been lost due to the fire.

“One thing we cannot ascertain is how the fire started. All I know is that the fire started around 12:30am. People were not allowed to sleep in the market so I wonder what happened and how the fire started.

“Each wood cost N1,800 and some of them cost N2,500, so billions have been lost in this fire. The saddest thing is that some people just restocked their shops yesterday (Tuesday) and now all their properties have been lost,” he said.

Another trader who pleaded anonymity said many traders would return to poverty adding that there were fears that the government might take over the market.

“These days, planks are expensive so you can tell that a lot of people may go back to penury. The good thing is that lives were not lost at all. The major question is what is the local government doing about it? They just brought people that will quench the fire. I hope they will really help us because we have lost a lot.

“We have five lines of shops here and four lines got destroyed. The painful part is that our machines got burnt too. If we want to purchase those machines, we will need millions of naira to do that and you know how Nigeria can be once a place gets burnt; it becomes the property of the government. I know of a family that had three shops in this market and all of them got burnt. You can see people crying because some people took loans to purchase these goods,” he concluded.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Director General of LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in order to ascertain the worth of the damage caused by the fire proved abortive as he was yet to respond to calls made to his line as of the time of filing this report.

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