The Presidential Amnesty Office has begun the distribution of relief materials to Niger Delta communities affected by the recent flood.
The take-off of the exercise was made public yesterday by Mr. Morphy Ganagana, the special assistant (Media) to the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, Dokubo said that the office commenced the distribution of foodstuff and other household items to the victims to ameliorate their plight.
He said that the exercise which started last Saturday will last for one week, with focus on communities mostly hit by the flood.
Dokubo said that the gesture was aimed at providing succour for the residents of the affected communities who had lived in terrible conditions since their homes and sources of livelihood were destroyed by the flood.
According to him, ‘“the Amnesty Programme is meant for the people of Niger Delta and whatever affects communities in the region affects us directly or indirectly. President Muhammadu Buhari was moved by reports on your plight and we are here to identify with you in your period of need; we are here to alleviate your pains,”
Among the items distributed to the beneficiaries were rice, beans, indomie, groundnut oil, maggi, tomato and detergents. Others were bathing soap, disinfectants, and medicals.
In a statement he issued yesterday, Dokubo said that N90 million had been used to buy the relief materials for the victims in Bomadi, Oboro, Okpokunou, Esanma, Akugbene, Ogodobiri, Ezebiri, Ayakoromo, Tuomo, Ogbobagbene, Kpakiama, Obotebe, Ofonibeinghan, Gbekebo,Ogbeingbene, Patani, Aven, Kolowari and Gbaregolor in Delta State.
He said that in Bayelsa State, relief materials are being distributed in Adagbabiri, Odi, Trofani, Kaiama, Esampou, Zarama, Ogbeinbiri, and other communities, Opuama, Ofunama, Shekelewu, Ogbudugbudu, Arogbo, Safa-Arogbo, Agadagba Obon, Ajakoroama, Opugbini while several others in Edo and Ondo States would also benefit from the scheme.