-Bello, who stated this on Thursday at Koton Karfe, Kogi Local Government while flagging-off the distribution of relief materials to victims of 2017 flood disaster also warned against politicizing the exercise.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has warned against diverting relief materials meant for the 15,874 flood victims in the state as anyone caught would be shown the way out.
Bello, who stated this on Thursday at Koton Karfe, Kogi Local Government while flagging-off the distribution of relief materials to victims of 2017 flood disaster also warned against politicizing the exercise.
The governor, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Emergency Management, Yakubu Ocholi, appealed to officials in charge of the distribution of the items to ensure equity and fairness.
He charged them to distribute directly to the victims whom he said are scattered in 13 local government areas of the state.
He listed the local government areas to be covered to include, Idah, Ibaji, Ofu, Dekina, Ankpa, Olamaboro, Kabba, Ajaokuta, Bassa, Lokoja and Kogi.
The relief materials being distributed were provided by the Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency.
The items include: bags of rice and beans, clothes, roofing sheets, detergents, soaps, blankets, mosquito nets and fishing nets.
Others were: sewing machines, water pumping machines, mattresses, cartons of milk, salt, vegetable oil, bags of cement and maize, among others.
Bitrus Samuel, who represented the Director-General of NEMA at the event, said that the agency was on ground to monitor the exercise to ensure direct distribution to victims.
He charged officials of the State Emergency Management Agency and council officials in charge of the distribution to ensure justice and fairness.
Samuel who is the Head, Abuja Operations of NEMA said that the state is naturally prone to flood disaster, saying that the agency will be sharing safety information on regular basis.
According to him, those living on flood prone areas in the state should be getting ready to locate to higher grounds because of the higher rainfall likely to be experienced this year.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of SEMA, Ayegba Hassan, promised that the materials will be distributed to victims.
A NAN Correspondent who witnessed the flag-off of the distribution, reports that 2,209 flood victims in six wards of Kogi Local Government would benefit from the items.