Korea donates $200,000 rice mills to flood victims
The Republic of Korea has donated 20 rice mills worth $200,000 to three flood affected states-Benue,Kogi and Bayelsa- to cushion the effect of the disaster.
Ten of the mills are for Benue while five each go to Kogi and Bayelsa States.
Each of the mills is capable of processing 300 kilogrammes of rice per hour.
The ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Jong-hyun Choi, who handed over the mills to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Abuja, expressed delight that his country is part of the Nigeria’s comprehensive rehabilitation of the flood victims.
He hoped that the machines will assist Nigerian farmers overcome the plight caused by the flood witnessed in Nigeria last year.
He also pledged the commitment of Korea to assist NEMA in the area of capacity building for disaster management.
“We will go beyond what we are donating today. We will assist in the areas of training and capacity building of your staff in disaster management.
“This is part of my country’s commitment to pay back what we owed the international community. We would like to share with countries like Nigeria, the experiences we have acquired over the year,” he stated.”
The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, thanked the Korean government and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the gesture, which he described as a testimony of the mutual relationship between the two countries.