NDDC, ROHI partner in sensitisation of communities on flood emergency response measures

February 20th, 2019

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.

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