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Flood victims in Rivers, Bayelsa, Imo get relief materials

By Julius Osahon, Yenagoa
18 November 2022   |   7:19 pm
A firm, Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited (PINL), on Friday, began the distribution food and non-food items to various communities affected by flood in Rivers, Bayelsa and Imo states.

A firm, Pipeline Infrastructure Nigeria Limited (PINL), on Friday, began the distribution food and non- food items to various communities affected by floods in Rivers, Bayelsa and Imo states.

The Chief Executive Officer/Corporate Managing Director, PINL, Mr. Osahon Okubo, who led the first phase of distribution of materials in Ohoada West Local Council of Rivers, Emuoha and Abua Odual Local Councils, said it was part of company’s social responsibility and to assist the flood victims.

Over 23 communities from the three states are expected to benefit from the relief materials. Items distributed included bags of rice, indomie noddles, garri, salt, maggi, vegetable oil, foot wears, clothes and others.

Represented by Admiral Akinjide Akinrinnade (rtd), the PINL Project Lead, said the company has been a key partner in the fight against pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the Niger Delta. 

He said: “The Federal Government recently assigned us the responsibility of providing surveillance and maintenance of the Trans Niger Pipeline due to our track record of excellent service delivery. ”

“As a socially responsible company, we are not insensitive to the plight of our partners, who have been rendered homeless, apart from losing human lives, as a result of the ravaging flood.

“We can only be happy if our host communities are happy since we are in business to achieve a mutually beneficial goal. 

“We have, therefore, come to sympathise with you today for your losses due to the natural disaster and also show care by providing a token of support in form of food items and other essentials to mitigate the impact of the flood on the people…”

A community leader, Mr. Daddy Green commended PINL, for the donation of food and non-food items to the host communities.

He said no company had ever shown such gesture to them, while urging other oil firms to emulate the PINL’s goodwill, not to forget them in their trying times.

Receiving the items on behalf of Ahoada, Chief Stephenson Ikah, said his heart was filled with joy.

The Paramount Ruler of Rumuekpe, in Emuoha, King Christian Amadi, said this is the first time he is seeing such from indigenous oil firm.

He said that the community had been very peaceful since they had crisis in 2011, that the company should also remember their youths for employment opportunities.