From Joseph Obukata, Warri
A nongovernmental organisation called Tompolo’s Foundation has given flood victims in the states of Bayelsa, Rivers, and Delta 150 million naira’s worth of relief supplies.
Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, the foundation’s executive secretary, distributed 2400 bags of rice, 100 bags of beans, 200 bags of garri, 5000 tubers of yam, 200 kegs of palm oil, 600 cartons of groundnut oil, and 2000 cartons of indomie noodles..
The foundation established by former militant commander Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, is designed to provide aid to the underprivileged in the Niger Delta region.
In the past, Tompolo gave aid to flood victims as well as equipment to schools and hospitals in Delta’s riverine areas.
Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, Executive Secretary of the Tompolo Foundation, who delivered the items on behalf of High Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo Alias Tompolo, President & Chairman of the Tompolo Foundation, said the gesture was made as part of efforts to lessen the impact of the flood on residents of oil-rich states.
Dr. Bebenimobo said that the flood victims in Bomadi, Burutu, and Patani will benefit from the items as he handed them over to Representatives from the various States for distribution to the flood beneficiaries.
He continued by saying that the Tompolo Foundation had similarly shown its generosity to the victims in the Isoko, Urhobo, and Ndokwa Nations.
The flood victims in Ahaoda West and East in Rivers State, according to Dr. Bebenimibo, also benefited from the aid supplies.
He mentioned that the flood victims in seven out of the eight local government areas in Bayelsa State are also to receive 600 bags of rice and other supplies.
Dr. Bebenimibo expressed confidence in the ability of their representatives to distribute the aid materials to those in need without diverting them.
According to Dr. Bebenimibo, “We have good tidings from the president and chairman of Tompolo Foundation.” It’s no longer news that our country was greeted with a massive flood, and the impact was overwhelming. People have been in serious disarray in Bayelsa State, Rivers State, and Delta State. The Tompolo Foundation is established to care for the less privileged.
“We have been on this mission for about ten years. Specifically, sometimes in 2012, a similar flood came. The founfoundation wasanized to provide palliatives for the people. And this year we have come again to do our beat.
“I want to inform you that the President and chairman of Tompolo Foundation has approved a palliative worth 150 million naira to distribute to the good people of BAyelsa State, Rivers State and Delta State. And that’s why I had earlier recognized people that are representing these States and we are here to handover items to the beneficiaries so that they can move them to their destinations and distribute them to the affected people over there.”
The Bayelsa State Governor thanked the Tompolo Foundation for the donation of items to victims, particularly for coming to the aid of the victims affected by the flood in his domain, on behalf of the member of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly representing the people of Constituency 4, Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State, High Chief(Hon.) McDonald Igbadiwei.
According to him, the governor of Bayelsa State spent about a billion naira to provide for the State’s flood victims.
Igbadiwei stressed that the recent flooding in the area is unprecedented and compared to the situation in Pakistan.
In an interview with reporters, the chairman of the Burutu Council, Hon. Godknows Angele, also expressed gratitude to the Tompolo Foundation and High Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo for their donation of aid supplies to the flood victims in his region. We expected some leaders to act in this manner, he said.
He said, “Today, Tompolo has come to the aid of the people,” noting that the locals had suffered greatly as a result of the flood that had decimated their communities.
Chief Vincent Oyibode, a commissioner who represents the Urhobo ethnic nationality on the board of the Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC), thanked Tompolo for the kindness shown to ethnic groups other than the Ijaw people and said, “He is a good man.”
Crown Prince Desmond Ogbaudu, 1st Vice President General of the Isoko Development Union (IDU) Worldwide, Executive Chairmen of the Patani Local Government Area in Delta State, Hon. Isaac Guana, and Bomadi Council Chairman all urged leaders in the Niger Delta to imitate Tompolo’s kind deed to aid the flood victims in their own remarks.
According to them, residents of the council areas of Bomadi, Burutu, and Patani, Isoko communities suffered grave disaster as a result of the flood that destroyed their homes and agricultural lands.
“We would like to express our gratitude to High Chief Government Ekpemupolo and the Tompolo’s Foundation on behalf of the local government councils of Bomadi, Patani, and Burutu. We expected certain leaders to act in this way—if people are in need, we should help them. Everywhere in Burutu, Patani, and Bomadi experienced severe flooding, but today our leader Tompolo helped the populace”.
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