Report by: Uthman v- Sirajdeen Minna
The international Federation of Red Cross and
Red Crescent Society IFRC is to support and assist over six hundred victims of flood Disaster three Local Government Areas of Niger State.
The Senior Security Officer of the IFRC Abuja Cluster, Mister Taiwo Moses disclosed this when the Niger state Branch Secretary of Redcross, Gideon Adamu Paiko received him on his four day working visit to Niger state.
He said the Abuja Cluster of the IFRC covers Nigeria,Ghana,Togo and Benin Republic with a mandate to support victims of all kinds of Natural Disasters in these African Countries.
The three Local Government Areas are Shiroro,Wushishi and Lavun where 2022 flood victims will receive cash donation with a view to cushion the effect of the flood that ravaged so many communities in the local governments.
The Senior Security Officer of the IFRC noted that he along side the chief security officer of the Nigerian Redcross Society in Abuja, Musa Mohammed were in Niger State to conduct a security assessment of Niger state and by extension the three Local Government Areas where they intent to be working within the next few days.
He said some staff and volunteers will be fully engaged in the security assessment in those local Government Areas as according to him their lives and that of the Beneficiaries matters alot hence the need for the assessment.
Taiwo Moses stated that the IFRC need to be sure of the current security context in these Local Government Areas due to the current security challenges facing the state and country at Large so that the cash support will be carried out in a secure and safe environment.
He affirmed that during these period they will be talking with major critical stakeholders of Red cross which includes,the Army,the Police ,the DSS as well as the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The Senior Security Officer of the IFRC opined that these stakeholders will advise and support the IFRC to enable them discharge it’s humanitarian duties effectively.
Furthermore, he said that during these period they will interface with the Traditional and Religious Leaders who also critical partners of Redcross so as to enable them succeed.
Also in his speech,the Chief Security Officer of National Headquarters of the Nigerian Redcross Society, Musa Mohammed said the Redcross movements in Nigeria are committed to the providing succour to the affected victims of Natural Disasters with a view to alleviating their sufferings.
In his remarks ,the Niger state Branch Secretary of Redcross,Mister Gideon Adamu Paiko described the visit of the Senior Security Officer of the IFRC and his Colleague from the National Society , Captain Musa Mohammed Retired as a welcome development considering it’s important to our teeming flood victims in the state.
He said the state will benefits from their visit because it is their report that will guarantee the release of this support to the teeming 2022 Flood victims in these three Local Government Areas.
Mister Gideon Adamu Paiko said registration of the Flood victims in these Local Government Areas has been done and advised the prospective beneficiaries in ravaging flood areas to make judicious use of the cash support to be given to them in order to uplift their living standard..