According to Shell Petroleum, it has started distributing $1 million worth of humanitarian supplies to communities in Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, and Imo States that have been affected by flooding.
This was said in a statement issued by the company’s media relations manager on Sunday in Lagos, Mrs. Abimbola Essien-Nelson.
According to Essien-Nelson, Mr. Osagie Okunbor, the managing director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. and the country chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, mentioned this recently in Ahoada, Rivers.
She claimed that Okunbor urged other regional actors to contribute to the effort to provide aid to those affected by the recent flooding and cooperate to aid the victims in getting their lives back to normal.
According to Okunbor, Shell distributed food, other goods, including medical supplies to affected villages and those staying in the camps for internally displaced people.
“Shell is offering these relief supplies because we do not want you to suffer through this tragic experience alone as government and concerned institutions continue to try to make life return to normal,” he said.
“Not being able to go about your daily lives and being exposed to all kinds of health and livelihood issues must be a most frightening era for you.”
He urged anyone who were impacted to take use of the company’s medical outreach programs.
He stated, “They are quite experienced and have been offering similar services to hundreds of thousands of people via our programs throughout the Niger Delta.
The SPDC’s Corporate Lands Manager, Mr. Trevor Akpomughe, spoke on behalf of Okunbor and stated, “This flood calamity affects many communities across Nigeria.
“At Shell, we serve residents in both the IDP camps and the communities where we have Shell operations.
This initiative officially began in Ahoada, Rivers State, where representatives of the paramount ruler, Eze Kelvin Anugwo, and Chairman of Ahoada East Local Government Area, Benjamin Eke, were there to collect the goods, stated Okunbor.
“My sincere appreciation to the SPDC for your timely intervention,” stated LGA Chairman Eke. The corporation should be viewed as demonstrating its concern for the local populace by making this gift.
“I want to personally thank the SPDC for the thorough medical care, and we hope that this action will lessen the suffering of the flooding victims in our towns.
“We would like to reaffirm our dedication to working with our major stakeholders to provide the desired development to our host communities.
“We appreciate your patience and hope that everything will go back to normal soon. We guarantee that everything will go very smoothly and in peace here.
According to the statement, Shell gave medical supplies such as eye ointment, multivitamins, anti-diarrhea tablets, and pain-relieving creams and lotions.
Others include: face masks that can be thrown away, snake bite antivenom, tetanus shots, and lotions to ward off mosquitoes.