By Chidimma Ajemba
The International Organization for Migration has provided support to farmers with disabilities in flood-affected areas of Anambra, offering credit cards with 30,000 naira each.
This initiative aims to alleviate the hardships faced by these farmers due to their sudden migration from coastal areas to internally displaced centers.
Mr. Hezekiah Samuel, the Anambra Field Coordinator for the International Organization for Migration, addressed the farmers at the Anambra State Disability Rights Commission in Awka. He emphasized IOM’s role as a UN Migration Organization, supporting those affected by floods in Anambra and other states, with a focus on promoting humane and orderly migration.
“We understand that persons with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters,” said Mr. Samuel.
“This card contains thirty thousand naira, and a special pin has been provided for withdrawal. It’s IOM’s way of lending a helping hand to alleviate the hardship caused by the last flooding.”
Mr. Thomas Mark Onugbolu from the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency urged the farmers to utilize the support effectively, appreciating IOM for transparent project execution.
Mr Ikechukwu Ezeokafor, representing the farmers and the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities Anambra State Chapter, expressed gratitude to IOM and looked forward to future engagements.
The Chairman of Anambra State Disability Rights Commission, Bar Chuks Ezewuzie commended Mr. Chris Azor, the chairman of Anambra State Network of Civil Societies for his noble role in notifying IOM about the commission.
He appreciated IOM for supporting farmers with disabilities affected by the flood, highlighting that this partnership marks the first of its kind for the commission and expressed readiness for future collaborations.