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Makurdi Flood: NEMA official asked me to wait till after holiday to donate to victims – Facebook user



A Facebook user Olufunke Fasunon has told a disturbing tale of how a National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) official told her to wait for days before donating to victims of the Makurdi flood as he is on break.

She wrote:

So I called NEMA to arrange dropping off some clothes for Benue but was referred to their Lagos contact. When I called him, he said he is in his village in Niger doing Sallah, I should wait until Tuesday. Even then, I need to write them a letter, which has to be approved by the Abuja office before they can receive items because some people drop one bag of clothes and claim they dropped ten. He added that approval may take a week or two and let me know he doesn’t do official work on public holidays.
It is easier to send help to Houston honestly.
Me I have lost interest already oh….

Naija get iss….
How can a relief officer be saying he doesn’t pick official calls on public holiday? Meaning distressed people don’t need help on those days or what?
Anyway sha….
I have charity in Lagos that needs clothes too…
I am livid.

Olufunke has however said that she’ll be donating through another agency.

Here are some agencies we’ve shared on our platforms for members of the public to donate.

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We have been searching for viable ways for BNers to support our brothers and sisters in Makurdi. We will be sharing info and encourage you to do your due diligence and help where you can. @telimarie Good morning beautiful people. I learned this morning that our people in Makurdi, Benue have been suffering from floods since Saturday and they have barely gotten media coverage. While praying for friends and family in Houston and around the world, pls. Let's remember our people in Makurdi. If you are so moved to help the people of the region pls contact Fr. Moses Lorapuu on 08036376242 or on FB: Don Moses Lorapuu. Thank you and God bless # flooding #relief # charity #saveAlife #emergency #youngandcatholic

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@nikkilaoye Hi Everyone, it's time to act once again for our own brothers and sisters who have been displaced by the flood in Benue State… I, Nikki Laoye still serve as the Voice for IDPs and Refugees for the federal government agency, NCFRMI Southwest Zone and together with @R1Sixteen and @Angel4LifeFoundation, we are presently collecting Relief Aid Items and Donations for the Markudu Flood Victims. Temi of @r1sixteen and I are heading this movement via my foundation's #TheAngelReliefFund and we will be monitoring all, including the delivery to Benue State with the help of the NCFRMI Commission. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Kindly drop off Clothes, Food, Medical Supplies to our Angel 4 Life Foundation office at 47 Raymond Njoku Street off Awolowo Road Ikoyi Contact: Desmond – 08034277727 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ And You can also make financial donations (which would be used to buy more relief aid items, transportation of the items to Benue State) . BANK TRANSFERS/PAYMENTS: Acct no: 0139296779 GTBANK Or via paystack: ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ We stand by our brothers and sisters here in Nigeria as we #PrayForMakurdi and support them in these trying times as well. God bless and keep us all. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ For More information and enquiries: Call: 08094848096 Email: [email protected] . . . . Signed: Nikki Laoye (NCFRMI Voice for IDPs & Refugees /Founder of Angel 4 Life Foundation ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #PrayForMakurdi #R1Sixteen #Angel4LifeFoundation #FloodVictims #SupportTheInternallyDisplaced

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@omojuwa #DRFNigeria We had to set up a Disaster Relief Fund! The Makurdi, Benue flood prompted this so we are going to support three platforms out in Benue already supporting displaced people. I reached out to a couple of friends like @tmogunsemo , @gbite2 , @dejavu1201 , @blulife44 and others I intend to mention later and we have reached a million naira for the Relief Fund. I think tweeting and talking about these issues work because they help to bring the issues to the fore. I believe acting on them is even better because that for me is the essence of leadership! I am calling on those of you who are interested and committed to this to get involved. It doesn't have to be through the @omojuwafoundation but if it is, rest assured we care about these things as much as you do and every kobo we commit to these issues will count! To support the Relief Fund, THE OMOJUWA FOUNDATION, Account number is 0090906434: Diamond Bank PLC. We don't want to wait till the next natural disaster before acting, we want to have something in place for when they happen. Don't worry, if you can't be part of this now, you can be later. Because we will always have need for one another! #Nigeria #Relief #Makurdi #Benue #Flood

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  1. Fleur

    September 3, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Well, now you know not to rely on NEMA. Your government does not know who you are. How could they possibly support you? The money should go to red cross or some other organization that will deliver services.

  2. Chiomah

    September 3, 2017 at 6:20 am

    I can imagine her annoyance! I would never have called NEMA as sadly this tardy behaviour is not surprising. Better to donate through Red Cross or Catholic Relief Services.

  3. Mslady

    September 3, 2017 at 6:34 am

    The Red Cross? Never. Look what they did with 500million in Haiti. Built 5 homes.

    Find some religious organisations to donate goods to.

  4. Ese

    September 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Sorry o, is it a crime to not work on public holiday?

    • SisiO

      September 3, 2017 at 6:56 pm

      Are you serious? Do you work on holidays when you have to been an important deadline to meet at work? Do you close your shop on Public holidays even when a super important client wants to make purchase? No, it’s not a crime but COME ON!

    • Koko

      September 3, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Yes it is! If you work at National Emergency Management Agency!!!! When there is an emergency weekends and public holidays don’t exist.

    • the real ibinabo

      September 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Imagine rushing to the hospital on a public holiday and not finding any doctor or nurse. I am sure you won’t say this. He should have directed her to his colleague on duty

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