Jane Otu, Calabar – As part of its humanitarian contribution towards ameliorating the trauma and hardship orchestrated by the natural flood disaster, the Tompolo Foundation has donated various relief materials to augment assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), across the state.


The president of the Tompolo Foundation, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, said the gesture was his contribution to support those impacted by the devastating flood.


“The Tompolo Foundation has been in the business of providing assistance to the less privilege since previous flood of 2012 and donated relief materials worth #150 million to flood-affected victims in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers state”, he said.


Items donated include 600 bags of rice, 30 bags of beans, 60 kegs of palm oil, 200 kegs of groundnut oil, 500 packets of Indomie noddles, and 100 tubers of yam.


While delivering the relief items on Monday, the representative of the Tompolo Foundation, High Chief Macdonald Ebi Igbadiwei, who represents Southern Ijaw Constituency Four, in Bayelsa State House of Assembly, said High Chief Government Ekpemupolo’s deep sense of concern was torched by the devastating effect of the flood on both humans and infrastructure in Bayelsa State.


He said the foundation felt the need to empathise with them and give succour to those in trouble, as the flood in Bayelsa was akin to that of Pakistan.


“Bayelsa State is given the chunk of the relief materials because the devastation was unprecedented, and this, the Tompolo foundation put into consideration


“Personally as a person l provided relief materials to all the six wards in my Constituency”, he stated.


Receiving the items, the Chairman of Bayelsa State Committee on Flood Management and Mitigation, Hon Iselema Gbaranbiri, along with other members of the committee expressed gratitude to the gesture of High Chief Government Ekpemupolo for remembering his kinsmen, who were in dire need of assistance during the flood, and will continue to pray for God to protect him in all his future endeavours.