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Flood disaster: Delta farmers get relief items

By Gbenga Akinfenwa
15 January 2023   |   2:57 am
As part of efforts to cushion the effect of the 2022 flood disaster in Delta State, residents of riverine communities in Isoko South and Ughelli North Local Councils have received relief materials...

As part of efforts to cushion the effect of the 2022 flood disaster in Delta State, residents of riverine communities in Isoko South and Ughelli North Local Councils have received relief materials from the Coca-Cola Foundation, in partnership with Whitefield Foundation, an indigenous not-for-profit organisation established since 2003. 

 
The relief materials were received at Igbide by the President-General of the Voice of Igbide People (VOIP), Dr. Ufuoma Ekeaba. In Aviara Kingdom, the Isoko South local council Chairman, Victor Asasa received the relief materials, while in Uwheru Kingdom, they were received in full view of town leaders and community representatives at the palace of His Royal Highness, Ajuwe Simpson Sapele, Obruche II Odio Rodeae, Uwheru Kingdom of Ughelli North council area.
 
Set aside as relief materials for the communities are: family unit food packages (Rice, Garri, and Eggs); and water purifying agents to help prevent outbreaks of potentially water-borne diseases. For the farmers, Whitefield Foundation donated 400,000 pieces of cassava stems.
 
The beneficiaries also received 100 Cartons of bottled water and 100 cartons of fruit juice, courtesy of the Nigerian Bottling Company.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Whitefield Foundation, Mrs. Funmi Johnson lamented the negative impact of the flooding on the affected people. The agency, she said, is committed to poverty eradication amongst the underprivileged, the women, and the youth.
 
In her words, “We visited the flood-affected communities in the state like Owodokpokpo, Ekpo, Uruwhre, Egbo, Oteri, Iloge/Urovor and Ubini-Atai to ascertain the level of damages wrecked by the flood. 2022 flooding experience was adjudged the worst in recent years. We are targeting to reach at least 2,500 families, with an average of six persons per family making 15,000 residents in the affected communities.”
 
During the delivery of the relief items to Igbide, Uwheru, and Aviara Kingdoms, the communities were also educated on how to stop the spread of waterborne diseases and other communicable diseases as water purifying agents were presented to them. 
 
The President General of Igbide People in Isoko South local council, Chief Ugolo Egbaoghene, as well as the President-General of Uwheru Kingdom, Mr. Macpherson Igbedi lamented the heavy impact of the flood on their councils
They both agreed that the intervention is quite timely as cassava stems is scarce and expensive.