The Nigerian News Agency reports that the relief items were bags of rice, beans and garri, yam tubers and several boxes of noodles.
Others were bags of assorted condiments, bags of sachet water, different types of medicine, yogurt and cookies for the children in the camp.
Addressing the internally displaced, Commodore Ibrahim said that the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo was concerned about the plight of those affected in the state and in the country in general.
“The Chief of the Naval Staff ordered that we distribute these relief items in collaboration with a private gas company, to alleviate the pain of the displaced people of Ahoada.
“The distribution of relief materials stems from our concern for the victims who have been displaced from their homes and sources of livelihood.
“We are here to commiserate with the internally displaced and donate food and other relief to address the immediate needs of the victims,” he said.
Ibrahim said the navy would also carry out a second phase of relief distribution after hearing from IDPs about their other needs.
“We have assessed the camps and engaged with the IDPs to find out what their critical needs are.
“We will return in the next phase with the relief materials that the internally displaced people need,” he said.
reports that naval officers distributed the relief items directly to victims following allegations that their camp managers siphoned relief from the state government and other organizations.
The navy’s decision to distribute the relief items directly to the campers drew loud cheers and applause from the elated IDPs.
The chairman of the IDP camp committee in Ahoada, Mr. Gilbert Hamilton, denied the accusations, explaining that the relief materials received earlier were not sufficient.
He said displaced people were arriving at the camp daily, a situation that further depleted relief materials.
“The accusation that we are diverting relief items is not true because everything is shared equally among the more than 5,000 internally displaced people in the camp.
“Our food is further depleted due to trespassers, who enter the camps covertly to participate in exchanging relief items with the real victims of the floods,” he said.
Hamilton added that the camp had fewer than 1,000 mattresses for the more than 5,000 campers, and asked the government, non-governmental organizations and humanitarians for help.
Source Credit: NAN