While some in privileged positions would rather divert the money and steal the relief materials given to flood victims, some 26,358 ex-militants and beneficiaries of the Federal Government Amnesty Programme from the Niger Delta have donated relief materials worth over N52 million to flood victims in Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Cross River states.
This was made known by the Amnesty Programme Head of Capacity Building, Mr. Joel Bisina, on Wednesday in Benin, while presenting Edo State’s share of the materials on behalf of the Amnesty Office to the state government. He said the ex-militants, who were touched by the plight of the flood victims decided to contribute N2,000 each from their monthly stipends to procure the relief materials.
Bisina was representing the Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty, Mr. Kingsley Kuku. He said, though the Amnesty Office was not directly responsible for the provision of the relief materials, it was however prepared and ready to collaborate with other agencies to take pro-active measures in mitigating the sufferings of the victims.
Meanwhile, receiving the items on behalf of the state government, Chairman of the State Relief Committee, Hajia Maimuna Momo-du, said for ex-militants to make such contribution showed that there was hope for the country.
This also serves to show that good gestures from the government to the people cannot go to waste. Talk about giving back!