• Urges Oil Companies to Assist Flood Victims
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has called on Well meaning Nigerians, NGOs and oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to assist people displaced by flood in the region.
Executive Secretary of the Board Engr Simbi Kesiye Wabote made the appeal on Sunday when he led the management of the Board to
visited three IDP camps in Amassoma, Tombia and Igbogene Communities in Southern Ijaw and Yenagoa LGA of Bayelsa State and handed out relief materials to flood affected victims
He urged oil industry operators, including oil services firms, contractors working in the region to come to assist hundreds of flood victims who in dire need of food, clothing, beddings, and toiletries.
In his words “Natural disaster is not what anybody wished for and as a Federal Agency that is headquartered in Bayelsa and runs its operations from Yenagoa, we took it upon ourselves to help and support these displaced persons because not only them, some of our staff are displaced as well”.
“I think for learning purposes, we need to create disaster centres, such that people can be relocated easily, today u can see that SEMA saw these empty building and relocated people to it in other to give them shelter.”
“These people will need, healthcare, food, mattress, and as a board we decided to act responsively, that we come, do our own little bit to elleviate the suffering of these people who have been engulf by these disaster.”
The NCDMB boss noted that the Board was complimenting the efforts of Bayelsa Government in providing food, toiletries, and sundry items to flood victims camped at Amasoma, Tombia, and Igbogene in Bayelsa.
Engr Wabote’s visit happened alongside a similar visit by the Board to Okutukutu and Opokuma communities in Yenagoa and Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State on the same day to donate relief materials to the victims affected by the flood, where he was represented by the Board’s
Director, Finance & Personnel Directorate, Mr. Isaac Yalah, and other members of the Board.
SAYELBA TIMES correspondents reported that the NCDMB donated two light truck-load of mattresses, food items, beddings, disinfectants, and sundry items in all the places they visited.
Wabote noted that natural disasters often challenged society to care for vulnerable people as humanitarian gestures were a universal phenomenon.
He urged the displaced persons to regard the disaster as a phase that would soon pass and advised them to be strong and optimistic to overcome the challenges.
Wabote, who handed the items over to the leadership of the camps, urged them to ensure that the items were distributed to the victims in dire need.
“We are concerned about the impact of the ongoing flood on the people and as a socially responsible agency of government, we are here to assist with these items; we appeal that the materials be distributed to the people who really need them.
“The number of people impacted from what we are seeing is so much and we felt the need to complement the efforts of Bayelsa government,” Wabote said.