Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that the state government is working with the local government areas affected by flood to cater for the needs of persons displaced by the flood.
The local government areas include; Ahoada-West, Ahoada-East, Abual/Odual, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni and Obio/Akpor.
Wike spoke yesterday at Government House, Port Harcourt, during the presentation of relief materials to flood victims by multinational oil giant, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC).
The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Emeka Woke, said that the Ministry of Special Duties is addressing the needs of the displaced persons.
He thanked Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and her joint venture partners, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Oando Petroleum, for donating relief materials for the upkeep of those affected by this year’s flood.
The governor said: “Let me on behalf of Rivers State, thank you for coming to Government House Port Harcourt and also thank you for this kind gesture of donation of relief materials to the victims of the flood disaster.
“We appreciate your concern for our people. We also know that what you have done is a demonstration of your social corporate social responsibility.
“We assure you that the state government, through the Ministry of Special Duties will set up a team in conjunction with the affected local government councils to address the situation “.
He stated that the government has done a lot to alleviate the suffering of the flood victims in the various internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps.
The governor said: “Let me assure you on behalf of the Rivers State government that these items that you have provided here, will be utilised judiciously.
“Be rest assured and inform your management that no single item here will be mismanaged because we have a responsible Ministry of Special Duties and its is managing the affected persons.”
Presenting the materials, representative of Agip Company and the joint venture partners, NNPC and Oanso, Inei Letam Saronwiyo, said the donation is aimed at alleviating the suffering of the victims of the flood disaster.
Sarinwiyo said: “In our effort to support the Rivers State government to alleviate the suffering of the communities that are devastated by the flooding this year, we are here to donate some relief materials, particularly to the communities in Ogho Epkema.
“We are here on behalf of our joint venture partners to present these materials to you, the Governor of Rivers State and the people of the communities that are affected by the flood.
“We hope and pray our little effort will go a long way in helping to support the government of the Rivers State of Nigeria.”
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