By Jacinta Nwachukwu
Abuja – The Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) has begun distribution of relief materials worth N90 million to some communities ravaged by flood recently in the Niger Delta.
Mr Murphy Ganagana, Special Assistant (Media) to PAP Coordinator, Prof. Charles Dokubo, said in a press release on Monday in Abuja that the distribution would last for a week.
He listed items being distributed to include: rice, beans, indomie noodles, groundnut oil, Maggi cubes, tomatoes, detergents, bathing soaps, disinfectants, and medicals.
“The gesture is to provide succour for inhabitants of the affected communities who live in terrible conditions since their homes and sources of livelihood were affected by the flood.
“The Amnesty Programme is meant for the people of Niger Delta, and whatever affects communities in the region affects us.
“So far, we have spent N90 million on purchase of the relief materials we are distributing to various communities which include Bomadi, Oboro, Okpokunou, Esanma, Akugbene, Ogodobiri and Ezebiri.
“The others include Ayakoromo, Tuomo, Ogbobagbene, Kpakiama, Obotebe, Ofonibeinghan, Gbekebo,Ogbeingbene, Patani, Aven, Kolowari and Gbaregolor, among other communities in Delta.
“In Bayelsa, relief materials are being distributed in Adagbabiri, Odi, Trofani, Kaiama, Esampou, Zarama, Ogbeinbiri, Opuama, Ofunama, Shekelewu, Ogbudugbudu, Arogbo, Safa-Arogbo, Agadagba Obon, Ajakoroama and Opugbini,’’ he said.
Ganagana also said that some communities in Edo and Ondo states would benefit from the distribution.
Meanwhile, at Trofani, Bayelsa State, the Ebedaowei of Kabowei Kingdom, Aserifa Hope Torru, hailed Dokubo for humane, responsive and caring leadership.
Torru said that the coordinator was committed to the interest and welfare of Niger Delta people.
“It is on record that we have had several flood disasters in the past; I remember what happened in 2012 and thereafter. This is the first time the Amnesty Office will share in our pain and take steps to ameliorate our plight.
“This is commendable; I urge other public and private organisations to take a cue from what the Amnesty Office has done to give us succour,” the monarch said.