NCDMB donates relief items to flood victims in Bayelsa State

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As part of its corporate social responsibilities and support to its host communities, the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) on Saturday donated over 2,900 relief items to some communities displaced by flood in Bayelsa State.

The items included bags of rice, tins of groundnut oil, tin tomatoes, treated mosquito nets, mattresses and bags of beans. Others materials were bags of garri, printed wrappers, and indomie. There were also cartons of toothpaste, sanitary towels, evaporated milk, sacks of sugar among others.

The Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Wabote while presenting the items explained that the donation was part of the Board’s efforts to impact their immediate environment. He said, “we have watched with uttermost dismay the devastation the flood has brought to Bayelsa and its environs. The Board being an agency of the Federal government with the headquarters in Bayelsa State is responsible and responsive to the plights of the community where it operates.”

He empathized with the victims and encouraged them to be resilient despite being thrown out of their homes temporarily by the natural disaster.

Wabote called on other agencies of government and private sector players to support the communities and the internally displaced persons.

He charged the community leaders and the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA) to ensure judicious distribution of the donated materials to the affected victims, adding that the Board would monitor the exercise. He further advised the government to create and equip disaster centers where residents of the state can be relocated easily whenever such incidences occur.

Responding on behalf of the Bayelsa State Governor, Honorable Seriake Dickson, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Ebipatel Apaingolo appreciated the Board for alleviating the plights of the persons and communities displaced by flood. He maintained that the State Government lacked the capacity to cater for all the displaced persons and called on other corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to emulate the Board’s kind gesture and support the flood victims.

At the Igbogene camp for the internally displaced persons, the Coordinator, Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency, Rtd Col. Roland Yekorogha thanked the Executive Secretary for the Board’s support and assured that the items will be properly distributed to the displaced persons in the camp.

Receiving the items at Tombia village, the King of Tombia Ekpetiama, HRM C.A.O Otobotekere was represented by one of his cabinet members, Chief MJP Akanga.

He called on government and non-governmental organisations to assist in curbing the perennial flooding that ravages their community. He recommended channelization and shore protection of the River Nun that is close to the community.

Akanga appreciated the Board for being the first government agency to provide relief items to the community and called for more supports from other organizations and individuals.

The relief materials was distributed to flood victims in Amasoma Community, Tombia Ekpetiama, Igbogene, Okutukutu Community and Opokuma Clan.

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2 Responses

  1. Onopa as a host community to you was excluded from the things you gave, this is one community that you know is or has really suffered since the flood issues started, we have so many displayed people living in the school compounds, our uncompleted health centre and head Master’s quarters yet no relief material, not from u or anyone.
    We as a community is always excluded when it’s comes something you people wants to do that will be of benefit to the people.
    Sir, Pls I want to plead that you remember this community, we are not only housing ur office but always part of the oil producing communities.
    Thanks
    Concern youth of Onopa.
    Otoro Izibegbalawo
    You can call me for any info
    08068610320

  2. In support of d advise given by Eng.Kesiye Simbi Wabote d executive secretary of NCDMB,d state govt should build houses at different centers to accomodate victims of disaster in d state whenever such incidence ocours to our people because they are d reason 4 d monthly allocations.Therefore d well being of every Bayelsan should be d priority without regards to tribe,and status.And also d govt should send rescue boats and vehicles to convey d dwellers of d affected communities to d city center because many of d affect persons could barely afford even d one square meal 4 d day.

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