By Henry Odeh
The Federal Government of Nigeria through the south west zone of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) zonal head office in Ibadan has started receiving truckloads of relief materials containing food items for victims of Shasha market mayhem in Akinyele local government of Oyo state.
The Assistant Director of NEMA, South West zone, Mr Adebiyi Babatunde, who spoke to sunrisebulletin correspondent, Henry Odeh in Ibadan on Monday, explained that the truckloads of relief materials have started arriving Ibadan for distribution to victims of Shasha mayhem.
Sunrise bulletin.com had earlier reported that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, during a visit to the Oyo state governor Engr Seyi Makinde in company of three other northern governors last week over the shasha market mayhem, disbursed a sum of N100,000 (one hundred thousand naira) each to 185 victims who are of Kano state origin as part of his administration’s efforts to help its indigenes cushion the economic effects of the mayhem.
NEMA’s National Director of Search and Relief, Dr Onimode Bamidele accompanied by the south west zonal coordinator of NEMA, Mr Slaku Lugard and other officials of the agency had last week visited the scene of the mayhem for both preliminary and comprehensive assessments in order to determine the level of damage with the aim of making evaluation for the purpose of providing relief materials for victims.
Meanwhile, as part of its efforts as the state government to prevent adverse effects of the mayhem on the state economy, Governor Seyi Makinde during a visit to the market in company of four other northern governors said, that the market will be rebuilt.
Mr Babatunde who stated that NEMA South west zonal office in Ibadan, has started taking delivery of the relief materials and added that the truckloads of relief items are expected to keep coming in until the end of the week.
He however, hinted that the Honorable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq is also likely to be in Ibadan before the week runs out to officially flag off distribution of the relief materials to the shasha mayhem victims.
Some of the relief materials already received by NEMA South West zonal office in Ibadan include 928 bags of beans (10kg each), 928 bags of garri (10kg each), 928 bags of rice (10kg each), 46 gallons of groundnut oil (20Ltrs each), 155 packets of Maggi, 71 pieces of Tin tomatoes, and 46 bags of salt.
Speaking on when the distribution of the items will commence, Babatunde said all supplies and delivery of relief materials meant for the Shasha mayhem is expected to be concluded by weekend.
He however, hinted that because of the exigencies of time, distribution is likely to also commence this week considering the state of health of the victims.
As of press time, only Nigerians of Kano state origin have however, received any form of relief item in form of cash disbursement by the Kano state government. Other Nigerians who are also victims of the mayhem are yet to get any form of succor and are likely to be expectant of the relief materials by NEMA as soon as possible.