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Lions Club laments lack of pro-activeness of NEMA, donates relief materials to Benue Flood victims



By Adekunle Ogbonnaiye, Ado-Ekiti

The International Lions Club, Ekiti State axis has joined their counterparts across the country to donate relief materials worth millions of naira to the displaced victims of the devastating flood in Markudi, Benue State which has rendered homeless, over one hundred thousand inhabitants of the City.

ROYAL NEWS gathered that apart from cash donation of one hundred and twenty thousand naira, relief materials comprised of clothing, shoes, kiddies toys,toiletries, bedding materials, groceries, toiletries, sanitary materials, food items and medicines worth a million naira have been forwarded to the affected areas in Benue State.

The rampaging flood had displaced more than 110 person ‎in 24
communities, paralyzed economic activities and make life unbearable for the displaced persons, who according to reports are seeking refuge in different locations across the state.

Speaking with newsmen at the venue of the coalition centre in
Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, the Zonal Chairman of the Club, Ln Asiwaju ‎Oyedeji Olajubu explained that the gesture became necessary because of the need to extend hand of love and care to fellow citizens in distress, adding that the trauma the victims of the disaster are going through could only be imagined.

He said what has happened to the people of Markudi and its envrons is a wake up call to the National Emergency Management Agency ‎to be more pro-active, and aside from giving early warning signals about an impending disaster, they should also provide alternative accommodation
and all the necessary assistance to victims of disaster.

The cash and other relief materials were ‎donated by all the clubs in Ekiti axis, comprised of Ado Metropolitan Lions Club, Ado Central, Ido Lions and Centennial Lions Club in Afe Babalola University.

‎Asiwaju Olajubu, who is the immediate past President of Ado
Metropolitan Lions Club, expressed concern over the listless attitude of some Nigerians to national issues,especially natural disaster, preferring to concentrate attention on occurrences in the developed world.

Citing the case of hurricane irma which is currently ravaging some parts of the United states of America, Olajubu said, “some Nigerians are more concerned about the situation in America and they are rallying support for them, rather than paying attention and rallying support for the flood victims in Benue and Kogi states.

“‎Let’s be our brothers’ keeper, lets, render support where necessary and show love to our compatriots in distress.
It is the tradition of the Lions Club International to identify where there‎ is need and render service, we want to tell our brothers and sisters in Makurdi that they are not alone in this their hour of critical need”, Olajubu said.

The Regional ‎Coordinator of Lions Club international, Ekiti Axis, Ln Folu Alade, who commended members of the club for their quick response to the clarion call of the Club, enjoined members to continue to work together for the greater good of the Club and society.

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