The Nigerian Government has donated medical equipment, 30,000 tonnes of drugs, 500,000 U.S dollars and others, to the Republic of Malawi that was hit by a tropical disaster, cyclone Idai, on Monday.
The minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, who led the delegation of Nigerian Government, handed over the relief materials to the Minister of Homeland Security and Misaster management Affairs of Malawi, Mr Nicholas Dausi.
Mr Geoffery said that the Nigerian government is ever ready to assist African countries when needed. He added that despite the tensed election conducted at the period of the disaster, President Mohammadu Buhari gave instructions for mobilized resources to be sent to Malawi.
“We share this burden and the loss with you in this country. When the hurricane happened, Nigeria was conducting the election, nevertheless, President Buhari instructed us that as quickly as possible we had to mobilize resources to bring to this country.”
“We mobilized over 8,000 medical items, equipment to assist and also cash donation of 500,000 U.S dollars. The amount is huge, 30, 000 tonnes of items, which will be transported to Malawi in the next one or two weeks maximum,” he stated.
Furthermore, the minster extended condolences of President Muhammadu Buhari to the people of Malawi, over the disaster that claimed lives, leaving thousands of people displaced.
He said: “Please, accept our deepest sympathy and the statistics are very disturbing, 86 000 people displaced, with some deaths and injured.”
In response to the Nigerian Government, Mr Nicholas Dausi, Minister of Homeland Security and Disaster Management Affairs of the Republic of Malawi, expressed gratitude for the assistance, which would help victims of the disaster.
He said: “On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Malawi and the people that are scattered across 67 camps in the disaster and over 886,000 people affected, I want to sincerely express our deep thanks for your thoughtfulness.”
He said Malawi had benefited a lot from Nigeria in the areas of education and other sectors since 1960, adding that Nigeria had rendered both human and material support to Malawi during the struggle to end apartheid.
He congratulated President Buhari for winning the recently concluded Presidential election and wished him a successful second tenure.
The Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, who described the situation as very devastating, said the relief items couldn’t have come at a better time than now.
Journalists gathered that March 8, was a tragic day for the people of Malawi as “flooding triggered by heavy rainfall caused death of at least 60 persons and displaced not less than 86,000 houses and public infrastructure, including farmlands destroyed”