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Flood: NCDMB Donates Relief Items To Bayelsa IDPs

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has donated relief materials to some internally displaced persons camps in Bayelsa State to reduce the suffering of the flood victims.

These items includes bags of rice, garri, cartons of spaghetti, sugar, salt; palm oil, groundnut oil, mosquito nets, and mattresses, among others at the  IDP camps in Igbogene and Oxbow Lake areas of Yenagoa and its environs. The distribution of the materials formed part of the visit on Thursday by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, to some flooded communities in the state and the Okogbe-Ihuike-Ahoada section of the East-West Road, which was damaged by the disaster.

Sylva, who was accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, and some top officials of the agency, spoke with some journalists in an interview and described the destruction of the East-West Road as “unbelievable.”

He said the Federal Government would ensure rehabilitation work on the flood-ravaged portions of the road was completed early, adding that the government had already directed the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to repair works on the road.

According to him, the problem of frequent flooding across the country required collective effort to resolve, stressing that all stakeholders should jointly jettison political differences to find a lasting solution to the yearly menace.

“This is unbelievable. The devastation (of the East-West Road) is unbelievable. But of course, as you know we stand with the people. I have come all the way from Abuja with a message from the Federal Executive Council that we have given a directive to the NDDC and the Niger Delta Ministry to ensure that the repairs on this (East-West) road is completed expeditiously,” Sylva said.

Receiving the donated items, the Oxbow Lake IDP camp commandant and Chief Whip of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Ebiuwou Koku-Obiyai, thanked the minister and the NCDMB for the donation and promised that the materials would be judiciously used for the welfare of IDPs.

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