Kogi state First Lady, Rashida Bello has visited over ten Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps within the state capital Lokoja and other places disturbed by the massive floods that have submerged hundreds of houses and farmland across the state.
Rashida Bello provided foodstuffs, blankets, rappers, torch lights, beverages and cash to cushion the suffering the flood victims are going through.
Beneficiaries described her as a mother who cares for their wellbeing and commended the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for his earlier intervention to provide temporary places for them to stay until their flooded homes dry off.
Hajia Rashida Bello who distributed goods and cash worth millions of naira to the victims, promised to stand by them at all times.
“It is the responsibility of any government to make life beautiful for the people and my husband, the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello will do everything possible to cushion the sufferings of flood victims in the State
“We are going through this together, we will not leave you alone” he promised.
The Kogi First Lady also joined the wife of the Inspector General of Police and the President, Police Officers Wives Association (POWA) Hajara Alkali Baba to visit flood victims at their camps within lokoja and distributed relief materials.
The IGP wife, Hajara Alkali Baba sympathized with the people, as she donated lots of foodstuffs, mattresses, and other none consumables worth twenty-five million naira to the victims.
She appreciated the state governor and his wife for their supports so far to the victims.
Thereafter, the First lady visited the Reference Hospital, Okene to insects all departments including the mammography unit, and wards.
She expressed satisfaction with the work done so far and assured Nigerians that as soon as the hospital is ready and commissioned to function, it will be open to everybody within the state, Nigeria and international to access medical care.
“We assure Nigerians that as soon as this hospital is fully functional, we are going to perform wonders here because we have all the departments that you cannot just find here but overseas
“We have everything here and is not narrowed down to certain people, is for everybody, vulnerable ones and the middle class, people like us to the glory of God. So, is open to all
“This is a clear case, this is a world-class and of course, we are not going back on the quality of medication that will be offered in this facility and we have a lot of departments that are not really common, like Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, I think we are the second to have it in the whole of West Africa which is a big pass
“So, we are open to more collaboration with international partners and any other body that is interested in joining us because our aim is to be the best
“There won’t be any need to travel overseas for medical attention when this hospital is functional” Rashida Bello assured.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Fatima Kabir-Buba, Director General, Pension Commission, Mariam Abedo and Permanent Member, Kogi State Health Insurance Agency, Aisha Nana Abu-Ali were among her entourage at the Flood Victims IDPs camps and Reference Hospital, Okene.