The Tompolo Foundation yesterday donated N150 million in relief materials to flood victims in Bayelsa, Rivers, and Delta states as part of efforts to mitigate the effects on the people.The Tompolo Foundation’s President and Chairman, High Chief Oweizide Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, made the donation on the foundation’s behalf.
Dr Paul Bebenimibo, Executive Secretary of Tompolo Foundation, handed over the relief items to representatives from various states for distribution to flood victims.
Among the items delivered were 2,400 bags of rice, 100 bags of beans, 200 bags of garri, 5,000 tubers of yams, 200 gallons of palm oil, 600 gallons of groundnut oil, and 2,000 cartons of Indomie noodles.
According to Dr. Bebenimibo, flood victims in Bomadi, Burutu, and Patani will benefit from the items.
He went on to say that the Tompolo Foundation had also extended its generosity to victims in the Isoko, Urhobo, and Ndokwa nations.
Dr Bebenimibo also stated that flood victims in Ahaoda West and East in Rivers State benefited from the relief items.
He also stated that victims in seven of the eight local government areas in Bayelsa State affected by the flood will receive 600 bags of rice and other items.
Dr. Bebenimibo of the Tompolo Foundation stated, “We are confident that the relief items will be distributed to affected persons by their representatives without being diverted.”
We’ve been working on this mission for about ten years. A similar flood occurred in 2012, specifically. The foundation provided people with palliatives. And this year, we’ve returned to perform our beat.”
Speaking on behalf of the Bayelsa State governor, High Chief McDonald Igbadiwe, representing Constituency 4 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, thanked the Tompolo Foundation for the donation of items and its generosity in assisting flood victims in the state.
Igbadiwe, who compared the recent flooding in the area to that in Pakistan, said it was unprecedented.Hon. Godknows Angele, Chairman of the Burutu Council, also thanked Tompolo and the Tompolo Foundation in a press conference.”We expected some leaders to follow suit.” “Today, Tompolo has come to the aid of the people,” he said, noting that the flood had devastated the communities in the area.
Similarly, Chief Vincent Oyibode, the commissioner representing the Urhobo ethnic nationality on the DESOPADEC board, praised the Tompolo Foundation for the generous gesture, saying, “he (Tompolo) is a good man.”