Foundation, Timi Dakolo partner to support victims of Bayelsa floods
Azeez Amida Foundation, a brainchild of Nigerian author and business executive, Azeez Amida, is partnering Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo, to provide relief aids to 50,000 victims of the Bayelsa floods.
The recent flooding in Nigeria, which the BBC has described as an overwhelming disaster, is the worst flooding Nigeria has seen in a decade. The floods, which started earlier in October, have left over 600 people dead, displaced 1.3 million people, and destroyed more than 200,000 homes, a large expanse of farmland with several properties lost.
According to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, the floods happened because many states were not adequately prepared for the disaster despite warnings.
As part of its drive to alleviate hunger and poverty in Africa, the Azeez Amida Foundation has donated to support the victims. Thousands of medications covering the treatment of malaria, typhoid, cholera, skin infections, allergies and cough were donated. In addition, first-Aid kits and antiseptic supplies for improved living were also made available.
“Nigeria’s economy has been through terrible moments in the past year, and inflation has affected people’s cost of living and income levels. The flooding has further wrecked more havoc on an already fragile economy and people, making living even more unbearable,” said Azeez Amida, founder of the Azeez Amida Foundation.
According to him, it was a no-brainer to accept when Nigerian singer and Bayelsa native, Dakolo, reached out to the Foundation in his drive to support the people of Bayelsa.
“To assist victims of this overwhelming disaster, we have partnered with Timi Dakolo on his support initiative to provide relief materials to the affected people. This will also be our first outreach as a foundation to the Niger Delta, so we are grateful for the opportunity,” Amida added.
In his remarks, Timi Dakolo said: “The nationwide flooding that has affected 27 of the 36 states in the country is a huge disaster that requires urgent attention. In Bayelsa alone, lives, sources of livelihoods, and assets have been lost to the floods.”
According to Dakolo, what is more disheartening is the slow and delayed response of the Federal Government to the plight of victims in the state. Therefore, to make a difference in our own little way, we came up with this support initiative to bring support to the victims of the flood”. Dakolo added.
All relief materials provided by the Azeez Amida Foundation were officially presented to Timi Dakolo at a handover meeting, with distribution scheduled throughout November 2022.