NNN: The federal government on Thursday donated relief supplies to victims of the Port Harcourt Polo Club stampede that left 36 people dead.
News Agency of Nigeria recalled that the stampede took place on May 28 during the sensitization, organized by the Kings Assembly Church.
The Chief Executive of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Mustapha Ahmed, during a condolence visit to the Rivers State Government and the victims in Port Harcourt handed over the documents to the Senior Pastor of the church.
The items are: 1,000 bags of rice (10 kg), 50 barrels of vegetable oil, 30 cartons of seasoning cubes, 20 bags of salt, 21 cartons of tinned tomatoes, 1,000 pieces of nylon mat, 1 000 pieces of towels.
The others are: 1,000 pcs of mosquito nets, 50 boxes of bath soap, 500 pcs of mattresses, 500 pcs of blankets, 500 pcs of brocade, 500 pcs of wax printing, 100 pcs of diapers, 100 pcs of towels hygienic, 100 bags of detergents .
The DG said that NEMA has developed several plans and guidelines in fulfilling its mandate, including the National Disaster Response Plan.
The search and evacuation plan, the national nuclear and radiological plan and the early warning system on epidemics, among others.
Ahmed said that NEMA is ready to collaborate and create synergies with stakeholders in various thematic areas of the disaster management cycle.
In his response, Governor Nyesom Wike expressed his gratitude to the federal government through NEMA, saying the state is pleased that the federal government has responded to the victims.
Wike, represented by his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, said the Rivers State government has always taken proactive measures in disaster prevention and management.
According to Wike, no one prays for disaster or hopes for the fatal stampede that was unfortunate.
“We are truly sorry; this is a real tragedy, especially for those who lost their lives and the bereaved families.
“We will make sure nothing like this happens again, we are grateful to NEMA and we are happy that the FG responded to us,” he said.
He said the Special Duties Ministry had visited the church and the victims in the hospital, adding that those who had been admitted had all been discharged.
The Governor has advised NGOs, churches and well-meaning individuals wishing to conduct such outreach programs to work with the Ministry of Special Tasks Emergency Department whose doors are open to assist.
Mr. Chris Ugoh, Senior Pastor of King’s Assembly, Port Harcourt expressed his gratitude to the Federal Government through NEMA for assisting the church and the families of the victims of the polo club stampede.
Ugoh also thanked Governor Wike for all he had done since the unfortunate incident in the state.
According to Ugoh, “We are deeply sorry for what happened because since 2014 we started to serve the city every year, looking after the needs of orphans, the less privileged, carrying out skills acquisition programs and of empowerment, we have not experienced such an ugly incident or any problem.
“We pray that something like this never happens again.
“I’m especially touched that the GM can take the time to come and see us today, everything will be secured and distributed appropriately so that the people who should get it get it,” Ugoh said.