Firms, church donate to flood victims
It was a bunch of harvest for flood victims at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Benue State yesterday as a team from Honeywell Flour Mills Plc, British America Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) Foundation, and the Harvesters Christian Centre (HICC), Gbagada, Lagos State donated relief materials.
Honeywell, led by the company’s North Central Zonal Sales Manager, Fredrick Nwanti, handed over a sympathy letter to the Benue State government alongside the relief materials. Some of the products donated include 200 bags of Honeywell Wheat Meal, 150 cartons of Honeywell Macaroni and 150 cartons of Honeywell Noodles.
For BATN Foundation, the group donated 200 bags of rice and assorted clothing materials to the IDPs. A representative of the foundation, Abimbola Okoya, said the gesture was to compliment efforts of the state government in providing essential needs to the displaced flood victims.
She added that her foundation would continue to support the state in other areas, especially in agriculture, through its Rice Enterprise Development Project, which started in 2016. She regretted that 16 out of 40 rice farms under the project in the state were submerged in the flood.
Speaking on why the church must stand by the afflicted, Senior Pastor of Harvesters Christian Centre (HICC), Bolaji Idowu, described it as an investment that would yield bountiful rewards because it is only God that rewards and he blesses us to bless the less privileged around us.
Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom expressed appreciation for the overwhelming show of love since the flood disaster by government agencies, corporate institutions and philanthropists, and gave the assurance that all relief materials donated would be channeled to actual victims.