The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has donated relief materials to victims of disaster in Ekiti State, saying this is part of the continuous efforts to cushion the adverse effect of natural and man-made tragedies on the people.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, who received the packages in Ado-Ekiti, said the humanitarian materials for persons suffering severe economic conditions, especially Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), would help in stabilising the situations of the victims.

Recalling some recent incidents in the state, including communal clashes, flooding, and fire disasters, which resulted in the displacement of communities, Egbeyemi said: “The state government had intervened in some areas within its capacity, but due to inadequate resources, there are still some affected victims that have not been attended to.

“It is on this note, the state government is finding this kind gesture worthy because the provision of these items will go a very way to cushion the effect of these disasters on the victims.”

Director, Administration and Human Resources, NIMASA, Mrs. Ronke Thomas, who represented the Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the economic relief and empowerment gesture was a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative that was expanded to cover the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Jamoh said: “NIMASA is doing something that had not been done to this magnitude before. We are on a mission to reach out and help people in the face of daunting socio-economic circumstances, often outstripping government’s official planning, and requiring extra-governmental mitigation measures and intervention from organisations and individuals.

“Principally, we want to empathise with Nigerians going through difficult conditions, and raise awareness about the dire conditions of less privileged citizens, as well as draw society’s attention – at the governmental, organisational, and individual levels – to the need to continually lend the underprivileged a helping hand.

“This event is a strategic demonstration of the agency’s commitment to a better life for all Nigerians. We are here to succour the distressed, strengthen the weak, and encourage the discouraged. We want all to feel at home, especially those who have been physically displaced or emotionally hurt by natural and man-made disasters.”

Jamoh stated that the agency had integrated support for the less privileged and capacity building for citizens into a national CSR strategy regularly implemented according to the availability of resources.

He called on privileged Nigerians to take a cue from NIMASA and “get involved in activities that support the lives of the underprivileged”.

The agency donated food stuff, household items, educational materials, and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) support tools to ameliorate the plight of the less privileged.

They included: computers, books, sewing machines, grinding machines, welding machines, hair clippers and barbing accessories, vulcanising machines, motorbikes, and tricycles.

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