By Stephen Ubanna
Ischei Osamgbi, a Deputy Director, in -charge , of Public Relations Department, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, is a happy man. Osamgbi’s source of happiness was the fact that the agency has finally extended the multi-million naira relief materials donation to the flood victims in Delta,his home state.
Dakuku peterside, the Director General of the agency was said to have saddled him with the responsibility of leading the delegation that handed over the relief materials to the state government for distribution to the flood victims. The NIMASA Image maker, may have seen the assignment as a home coming as the delegation were warmly received by Earnest Ogwezy, Commissioner for Bureau of SSpecial Duties, on behalf of the state gover at Asaba , the state Capital.
In making the donations to the flood victims in the state, Peterside, the NIMASA boss, disclosed that they were encouraged to embark on the project because of the Federal government Social Investment Programme designed to alleviate the suffering of the Internally Displaced people, IDPs, including flood victims, across the nooks and crannies of the country.
The NIMASA boss who commiserated with the families of those who lost their loved ones and property, t found in the IDP Camps , thhrough Osambi, the Image maker, , assured them of the” agency’s unalloyed preparedness to extend support to Nigerians in distress”. ” As a socially responsible Corporate entity, he insists that the agency remains committed to supporting all Nigerians in distress, ”irrespective of any potential visible odds”. He may have gladdened the heart of the fllood victims found in the IDP Camps in the state that the fact that they have left their ancestral homes to be in an IDP Camp provided by the government does not” make them less Nigerians”.
Note that Delta, was one of the states , earmarked for the relief Programme in the country. The agency had earlier extended the facility to Ondo, Ogun, Bayels, Lagos and Kaduna among others. Eye witness disclosed that the relief materials dropped for the flood victims in the state range from mattresses, School bags, Fishing nets, Blankets, Tins of Powder, milk, Beverages, Soap/Detergents, Sugar and Noddles . The items also include food stuff such as Bags of Salt, Garri, Rice, Palm and Vegetable Oil.
Expressing the state government appreciation to the gesture, Ogwezy, the Commissioner for Bureau for Special Duties, assured the NIMASA delegation that the items delivered to the state will be ”judiciously used to ensure a better standard of living for the IDPs ”. He noted that the state government are very much ”aware of the plight of the people and would do everything possible to support them to return to return back to normal life again.
The Commissioner, opined that it may seem that their pride has been taken away by their current circumstances , but that the state government has not hesitated in making them know that ”there is hope , hope galvanised by good governance and sound leadership”. The Value News finding shows that since NIMASA cue into President Muhammadu Buhari Social Investment Policy Programme, SIP, Policy, coupled with his persistent appeals to agencies and non- governmental Organisations to partner with the government to adequately cater for the need of Nigerians who are affected by one form of disaster or another, it has taken the lead that it has become a household names in 20 states of the Federation. This is the reason why other ministry of Transportation agencies like the Nigerian Ports Authority,, NPA, Nigerian Inland Waterways, NIWA, Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC and Nigerian Raiway Corporation must follow the foot step of NIMASA.
Maritime watchers are not expecting these other ministry of Transportation agencies to do as much as NIMAS but could provide relief materials to identified critical states.
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, a former governor of Central Bank of NigeriA, CBN, and now , Emir of Kano, was very much involved in providing relief materials to the IDP Camps, during the Administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.