The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), North-Central zone, has distributed relief materials to victims of windstorm in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau.
A statement by the media officer of NEMA in the zone, Mr Yohanna Audu, said the agency distributed the items after it had conducted an assessment to determine the extent of damage done by the storm.
Audu listed the items to include bags of rice, garri, beans, salt, kegs of vegetable oil, cartons of seasoning and tin tomatoes.
Others items, he said, included mattresses, roofing sheets, nails, ceiling board, cement, blankets, mosquito nets and detergents.
He quoted Mr Abdullahi Nyelun who received the items on behalf of the beneficiaries as thanking the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development for coming to their aid.
The media officer then disclosed that the agency had held a meeting with stakeholders in disaster management and brainstormed on better ways to manage disaster in the zone.
He quoted Mr Eugene Nyelong, NEMA North-Central Zonal Coordinator, as saying that the meeting was necessitated by the vandalisation, looting and destruction of government properties, including the North-Central office of the Agency in Jos, by EndSARS protesters.
“As you are all aware, NEMA is saddled with the responsibility of managing disaster in all its ramifications.
“We came up with this meeting to interact with community and religious leaders as well as disaster response unit on the challenges that we are facing.
“The aftermath of the EndSARs protest has drawn the state and indeed the country backward with colossal loss of lives and property.
“We want to let youth know that there are better ways of expressing their grievances,” Nyelong said.
According to him, the peaceful protest, which was later hijacked by hoodlums, went too far by vandalising, looting and destroying government properties that have been built and maintained over time.
He said the meeting was to passionately discuss with community and religious leaders to speak with their subjects, particularly youth, to change their mentality.
The zonal coordinator stated that those invited to brainstorm and step down the message were vigilance groups, faith-based organisations and youth leaders.(NAN)