The International Lions Club, Ekiti State axis has joined their counterparts across the country to donate relief materials worth millions of naira to the victims of devastating flood that hit Makurdi, the Benue state capital and its environs recently.
The unfortunate incident, it would be recalled, displaced and rendered no fewer than one hundred thousand inhabitants of the City homeless.
Relief materials, comprising 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 in addition to the cash donation.
As a result of the flood, economic activities of the people have been paralyzed while reports have it that, more than 110 persons in 24 communities displaced were taking refuge in different locations across the state.
The Zonal Chairman of the Club, Ln Asiwaju Oyedeji Olajubu, at the coalition centre in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, told journalists 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.
Olajubu described the Benue example as a wake- up call to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) 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 donation was jointly made by all the clubs in Ekiti axis, which include, 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 noted that, “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 Lions Club international, Ekiti Axis, Regional Coordinator, 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.