Former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Sylva, on Thursday led other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a visit to major internally displaced persons camp in Yenagoa with the distribution of relief materials to victims sacked from their homes by the devastating flood.
Sylva, who was represented by a former Bayelsa youth development commissioner, Ibarakumo Otobo, said the visit was made under the “Chief Timipre Sylva Flood Relief”.
The team visited major IDP camps in Yenagoa, Tombia and Igbogene community with, bags of rice, indomie, water, garri and cash.
Ibarakumo, who moved round the camp, making assessment of the victim’s living condition, was moved near tears with the condition of five nursing mothers with newly born babies.
Receiving the items at Igbogene IDP camp, the state coordinator and director of information of the state emergency management agency (SEMA), Mr. Aziowei Ayi, commended the former governor and state leader of APC, Chief Timipre Sylva, and urged him to continue doing more.
Speaking to newsmen, Ibarakumo noted that the plight of the people was of great concern to Sylva, who was keen at providing a better life for the people.
He noted that the move was void of any political coloration, but an act of humanity expressed with a clear conscience.
Meanwhile, five women at the internally displaced persons at the Igbogene camp in Yenagoa local government area of the state have given birth within the last four weeks since the ravaging flood rendered many homeless in the state.
The IDPs numbering over 2000 are currently taking refuge in Igbogene main camp, which has six camp extensions in the local government area.
According to Mrs. Abbey Eloho, a Deltan, who resides in Yenagoa, and one of the mothers: “I gave birth to a female child here in the camp on the 23rd of September, and life hasn’t been easy for us.
“We appreciate all those who have donated relief materials, monies and other items to us, you can’t get all the comfort when you are outside your home but we still need more.
“I thank God for the gift of life, my baby is healthy despite the environment. We also commend the message from the former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, for the money.”
Mrs. Amaka James, a mother from Imo state, who gave birth just this Monday, complained about the poor condition of the camp and unavailability of food for the refugees, adding that as a breast feeding mother she hasn’t eating till noon as we speak.
She said: “Look at where we are sleeping, no mattresses and foam or even pillow to lay our heads, we see government, individuals and corporate organizations bring relief materials but we don’t get to eat or benefit from them.
Director of information, Bayelsa state emergency management agency, Mr. Aziowei Ayii, denied their claims, noting that “when we share relief materials to them, they collect and hide them, and pretend that they never got anything.
“We are doing all to ensure every material received is shared amongst all the camps effectively. We have a profiling list of every material brought and the number of IDPs in the camp.
“They have coordinators who are in charge of the different groups, like you can see people bringing monies, I direct that the monies are given to the nursing mothers directly in order to avoid controversies.
“The state government is doing so much to ensure that their stay here is safe, we have the medical team around who attends to them all. We also commend other donors for their support in coming to the aide of the flood victims.”