Car washer drowns in River Niger

A middle-aged man, simply identified as John, yesterday drowned in the River Niger while washing a car at the creek, along Niger Street, near the Onitsha Main Market.

aThe incident, according to the source, occurred when John slipped and fell into the River Niger as he mistakenly stepped on slippery ground at the bank of the river.

Eye-witnesses said that all efforts made by traders and his colleagues to rescue him proved abortive as he finally drowned within some minutes of his falling into the river.

Meanwhile, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Anambra State chapter and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), yesterday donated relief materials to victims of flood disasters in the affected local government areas in the state.

The relief materials, which include hundreds of bags of rice, toilet papers, oil, tablets and bars of soap, detergents, buckets, blankets, palm oil and other essential commodities, were distributed to the designated refugee camps at the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) office in Awka, under the supervision of SEMA Chairman, Dr Justin Ijezie and Dr Jerry Sunny Ugokwe, former Nigeria ambassador to Austria and member of House of Representatives.

The value of materials donated by APGA through its state Chairman, Mike Kwentoh, is about N2.5 million.

The Federal Government, acting through NEMA, donated 876 bags of rice, 300 bags of garri, 300 gallons of palm oil, 50 bags of granulated sugar, 100 blankets, 405 mattreses, 1, 500 plastic plates and many other key items, whose monetary value was not disclosed.

Speaking on the import of the donation, Chief Kwentoh said their gesture was derived from the fact that they want to be part of the people helping to ameliorate the victims’ problems.

In his words: “We are here to play our role and present what we have been able to gather in order to assist those affected. We have brought everything we believe people in that situation requires, these are consumables and every Nigerian who is touched with what is happening should feel free to come and assist.”

He said what they have done is to complement the efforts of Governor Peter Obi in ameliorating the pains of the victims.

Similarly, Dr Ugokwe told journalists that his participation in the distribution of relief materials to the victims was meant to ensure that NEMA assists the people as it has promised when he had a meeting with key officials of the agency on the crisis.

He said he was in Awka to ensure that the essential goods being donated through NEMA are channeled to the needy ones.

Author: CHARLES OKEKE AND NWABUEZE OKONKWO

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