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Harvest of babies at Kogi flood camp
To some it was a joyful feeling, while some said it was bad timing, yet others still expressed mixed feelings over the delivery of not less than 26-babies at the relief camps for the victims of the ongoing flood disaster in Kogi State.
Meanwhile, in response to the pitiable condition of the parents, the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Yomi Awoniyi, promised special provisions for the well-being of the babies and their mothers.
Giving a detailed report on the delivery of the 26 babies so far, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Michael Abu, revealed that 18 babies were delivered in Idah town, which has about 26,000 displaced persons while five babies were put to bed in Bassa Local Government where about 17,500 persons were displaced by the floods.
However, the government got more reports yesterday, through the nursing mothers at various camps that about three more babies were delivered in the camp bringing the total number of child’s birth to 26.
While appealing to the indigenes of Idah Local Government Area of the state, whose schools have been submerged in the flood to be patient, Yomi Awoniyi, who also acts as the chairman of the Committee on the
Disaster commended the efforts of the Local Government Liaison Officers in the nine affected LGAs for ensuring a proper management of the camps, and their sincerity and selflessness in the collection and
distribution of relief materials to the affected flood victims.
However, the Governor of Kogi state, Idris Wada commended President Goodluck Jonathan on his timely decision to intervene and fight the raging natural disaster with the budget of N17.5b
Emphasizing on how far the financial arrangements would go in putting smiles on the faces of the affected victims, Wada maintained that women and children were mostly affected by the flood, stating that the N17.5b aide from the federal government would indeed help the state in its rehabilitation process.
In his words, “The state government is working simultaneously on both medium and long term measures, while we also strive to cushion the effects of the floods with help coming from donors across the country. Top on the agenda of the state is how to provide alternative shelter for the displaced persons rather than using schools as settlement camps “so that pupils can return to schools”.