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We are yet to receive any food item from NEMA – SEMA Chairman, Igrubia

The Chairman of Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Hon. Walaman Igrubia, has cleared the air on the relief materials from the Federal Government to the State through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Briefing newsmen this afternoon, Hon. Igrubia, who confirmed the receipt of non-food items from NEMA, expressed concerns that what the people needed most now were food items.

“We have waited for this long and now, NEMA brought in bathing soaps, malaria treated nets, clothing material and wears.

But this is an emergency situation. The most paramount to us is food. It is only when a man has eaten he can think of what to wear. This is so because of our difficult situation of road inaccessibility from both Warri and Port Harcourt ends.”

He said the relief materials airlifted to Yenagoa so far was against the misleading information released by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who listed Bayelsa State as one of the states where they had distributed all relief materials.

The SEMA Chairman said he has raised the concern with NEMA officials and that they were hopeful food items could be airlifted to Yenagoa tomorrow.

According to Hon. Igrubia, so far, SEMA has received 598 cartons of bathing soaps, 15 bags of malaria treated nets, 41 bails of guinea brocade, 4 bags of men’s wears, 5 bags of women’s wears and 2 bags of children’s wears.

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