From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has donated relief materials to Sangana community in Brass Local Government Area following the erosion ravaging the community.

The Managing Director of NDDC, Dr Samuel Ogbuku who led the NDDC team to the community over the weekend said the donation is coming on the heels of a directive by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the commission to tackle the problem.

Ogbuku who was accompanied by the Executive Director Project at the NDDC, Sir Victor Antai and other relevant Directors of the commission visited the community for an on-the-spot assessment of the level of devastation, described President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a caring leader who has the interest of his people at heart.

According to him, the President is happy with the people of the community because of its economic importance and the sustained peace over the years which created the enabling environment for oil exploration and exploitation activities.

“Before your letter of appeal arrived at our head office in Port Harcourt, the ocean surge in Sagana was already publicized in the media, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria saw it and directed that we must come and see what is happening in Sagana and give him feedback.

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“My presence in your community, apart from being a son of the soil, is in response to Mr. President’s directive and having witnessed first-hand the devastation in your community, we will proceed immediately to see how we can salvage the situation.

“We had earlier awarded the contract for shore protection in your community, but we are going to review it. The whole idea in NDDC is that we are also looking at new technology such as the Geotube system. The system is also used in rebuilding and reclaiming the land naturally.

The NDDC MD/CEO also used the opportunity to call on the multinational oil Company operating in the area to join hands in addressing the persistent ocean surge in the communities around the area as NDDC would not do it alone.

The Chairman of the Sangana Council of Traditional Rulers, King Moses Theophilus Kenibara VII, Amadabo of Moko-Ama Sangana, thanked President Bola Ahmed for the love showered on the people of Sangana community.

He also used the opportunity to thank Mr. President for appointing their son from Bayelsa State as the Managing Director of NDDC. He assured that the people of the community would continue to maintain the peace and cooperate with the government for the development of the country.

A former Chairman of Brass Local Government Area and a community leader, Hon. Bello Bina, thanked the NDDC Managing, for personally finding time to visit the community. He commended him for being proactive. He said the people of Sangana were overwhelmed with the presentation of the relief materials which are worth hundreds of millions of naira.