The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency in Bayelsa State, Michael Olomu, has donated items worth millions of naira to flood victims in the Sagbama Local Government Area of the state
A statement by his media office Sunday explained that Olomu, who was touched by the pains of the vulnerable people, personally visited the area weekend and donated relief materials to reduce the agony caused by the flood.
The politician also visited the sick people in the various hospitals in Sagbama, Bulou-Orua and the Adagbabiri communities, all in the Sagbama Local Government Area.
Some of the items donated included foodstuffs such as garri, rice, noodles, salt and seasonings.
Sachets of water and mosquito nets were also distributed to the sick ones at the Sagbama General Hospital.
The statement explained that the Sagbama relief materials were received on behalf of the community by the Amananaowei, Magbisa Ozor, the CDC chairman, Wilson Ezuwe and the Youth President, Shadrack Ebigberi.
Also at Adagbabiri community, the relief materials were received on behalf of the community by the Amananaowei of the community, Brodrick AIaowei Oki, the Community Development Chairman, Oyinkebebe Ekiye, and the Youth President, Didigha Perekemebinaoyagha.
At the Bulou-Orua community, the relief materials were received by the flood management committee, the CDC chairman and the youth president.
Olomu said: “It is easier to feel a people’s plight when you have experienced it yourself
“On Friday, 14th October 2022, at about 4:00pm, I travelled from Port Harcourt back home to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State to commemorate my birthday on the 15th of October with my family, friends, well-wishers and most importantly, the good people of Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency whose homes, lives and livelihoods have been ravaged by the flood.
“On getting to Ahoada, Rivers State, despite the fact that we had been told that the water had receded, it had cleared, we were faced head-on by the flood.
“I saw people crossing over with the help of tippers and trucks and wondered, ‘why not?’ After all, I had important duties to carry out at home.
“I entered a tipper to cross over to Mbiama as that was the only possible way out, my driver turned back to Port Harcourt.
“From there, I had to wade in rather murky waters for about 20 minutes. I saw aged persons, newly born babies, tired women but most disheartening, I saw pain, agony and fear. I had brief conversations with those who were kind enough to speak to me and each person had the same emotion.
“It is easy to thank God for His protection, provision and preservation when you are not on the receiving end of tragedy but what about our people who have been displaced by this flood ravaging the country? Imagine the amount of people rendered homeless, helpless, and maybe even hopeless!”