In a concerted effort to alleviate the persistent challenges posed by flooding in Bayelsa State, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has undertaken a comprehensive distribution of palliatives across the eight local government areas of the region. The initiative, aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of the seasonal floods, seeks to provide crucial support to vulnerable communities, as detailed in a statement released by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni.
Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, the Managing Director of the NDDC, emphasized the agency’s commitment to addressing the pressing issues faced by the people of the Niger Delta. Speaking during the palliative handover ceremony in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, Ogbuku highlighted the irreparable losses experienced by the flood victims and expressed the NDDC’s solidarity with their plight.
Represented by Dr. Week Doodei, the NDDC Director of Procurement, and Godknows Alamieyeseigha, the Director of the Bayelsa State Office of the Commission, Ogbuku conveyed the agency’s dedication to delivering relief to affected communities. The palliatives, consisting of food and household items, farm inputs, and various livelihood essentials like canoes, fishing nets, and hooks, were handed over to representatives of the impacted communities.
Ogbuku underscored the broader mandate of the NDDC, extending beyond physical infrastructure projects to encompass social services and interventions. He assured the community leaders that the NDDC had robust programs designed to benefit the people of the Niger Delta region, emphasizing the inclusivity of the palliative distribution across all NDDC mandate states.
Addressing concerns about equitable distribution, Ogbuku urged community leaders to judiciously allocate the materials to ensure they reach vulnerable individuals. He warned against hoarding and diversion of the items, emphasizing the agency’s commitment to monitoring the distribution process closely.
Following the inspection of relief materials loaded on multiple trucks, representatives of the NDDC directed community leaders to facilitate the distribution of items to various local government areas and communities, ensuring that those in need receive timely support.