Kogi denies diversion of relief materials for flood victims

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 SEMA denies that the relief materials of the flood victims are being used for other purposes.

The Acting Executive Secretary of Kogi State Emergency Management Agency, Alice Ogedengbe, has denied alleged diversion of relief materials donated to victims of the recent flood disaster in the state.

She said this on Thursday in Lokoja while speaking with journalists

She said that allegations that some Civil Society Organisations, CSOs are diverting relief materials meant for the victims in the state could not be true.

The flood victims in camps in the state had embarked on series of protest following the allegations.

But Ms. Ogedengbe said civil society organisations are not involved in the distribution of the donated materials to the victims.

She said that the only civil society involved in the management of relief camps is the Red Cross Society and that the Red Cross is only involved in the coordination of camp activities.

Ms. Ogedengbe denied any form of diversion of materials, saying that all of them were fully utilised for the benefit of the displaced persons.

The official also stated that about 70 per cent of houses submerged by the flood were built in defiance of the state environment laws. She then advised people against erecting structures on waterways.

She also called for greater synergy between stakeholders in disaster management in the country for efficient handling of disaster situations.

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