From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Three flood affected communities in Akwa Ibom State have benefited from the humanitarian service of a Port Harcourt based nongovernmental organization, Rivers of Hope and Humanitarian Initiative, ROHI.
The organization in collaboration with the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, organized a sensitization programme for the communities on emergency response to flood as well distributed relief food and materials to victims who were disastrously affected by flood in 2018.
The beneficiary communities include; Afaha Uqua community in Eket LGA, Udung Etta Community in Oroko LGA and Upenekang Community in Ibeno LGA.
Our correspondent, who witnessed the distribution of the relief materials and sensitization programme by the organisation, reported that the beneficiaries even though some persons since have returned back to their houses, expressed gratitude for the intervention.
They expressed that even the organizations within the state have not made such effort to restore their lives, thanked ROHI for coming all the away from Rivers State to relieve them of their problems.
The food and materials distributed simultaneously to each of the three communities are: 150 bags of 5kg rice, 3 bags of salt, 4 cartons of groundnut oil, 3 carton of detergent, 4 carton of tomatoes, 15 blankets, 50 pieces of buckets, 5 rolls of Tissue and 15 pieces of foams.
At Afaha Uqua, the paramount ruler of the community, His Royal Highness, Chief (Dr) Okon Nsien Nsien, expressed happiness for the visit of the group to the community, saying that the intervention will releive so many affected persons of mental stress.
He disclosed that their major challenge is the damage of their structures by the flood, expressing hope for development and reconstruction of the damaged infrastructures.
Also, he thanked NDDC and the NGO for remembering the flood affected persons in the area.
Another community leader in the area who spoke with The AUTOHORITY, Chief Obong Inieke Akpensin, said over 57 houses was affected in Afaha Uqua in 2018 flood.
He urged NDDC to construct a drainage that will link flood to nearby carnal, a means to prevent future occurrences of flood disasters in the area.
Chief Obong said: “This is goodwill towards the victims of last year flood incident in the area. We really appreciate the gesture by ROHI, though the main problem is to give the water its way. The relief materials can alleviate minor issues, like those that have lost their properties to the flood.
“The major and most sustainable assistant would have been to give water its way so that those people that suffered last year will not suffer again.
“Over 57 houses were affected in this area, including churches and business premises. It is always very rough when it is raining here, so we need a lasting solution to this menace”, Obong pleaded.
Meanwhile, Mrs Josephine Emmanuel, Coordinator of ROHI, said the organization and other NGOs in collaboration with NDDC had the flood intervention programme in flood affected areas across the Niger Delta region.
Mrs Emmanuel disclosed that ROHI was responsible to distribution of foods and relief materials to the three communities in Akwa Ibom state.
She further disclosed that the group had earlier had community dialogue meetings and inspections of affected sites in the LGAs before they came for the sensitization programme and distribution of the relief materials.