As the massive flood water is gradually receding, the Eze Igbu Upata 111, His Royal Majesty, King Dr. Felix Otuwarikpo has called on government, non governmental organisations and spirited individuals to support the Upata Kingdom post flood management.
The Monarch while making the call, Sunday, November 6, 2022 during the visit of SWITCH-ON outreach team and SIM Media Volunteers to the palace, noted that his kingdom comprising six communities were all massively impacted by the devastating flood.
He stressed that the people require rehabilitation following the damages incurred across the entire kingdom as well as provision of Medicare to the victims.
King Otuwarikpo commended the gesture of SWITCH-ON and SIM Media Volunteers for their thoughtful donation of relief materials and food items to the Edeoha IDP camp. He further prayed for the sponsor of SWITCH-ON and the entire team to accomplish more in their endeavours.
The Upata Monarch particularly lauded the swift initiative of the Rivers State governor, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike for his prompt response to the needs of the victims.
Also speaking while receiving the relief materials on behalf of the IDP camp, the chairman of Ahoada East local council, High Chief Barr. Benjamin Eke, assured that the items will be fairly distributed to the flood victims, stressing that the items will provide the needed succour by the people.
He applauded SWITCH-ON and SIM Media Volunteers for coming to the aid of the victims in the camp revealing that the Edeoha camp is one of the most populated camps set up by the local council since the flood incidence.
He hinted that the Rivers State governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike took the lead in responding to the cry of the flood victims by releasing N1billion for relief materials across the IDP camps.
Earlier the team leader of SWITCH-ON and SIM Media Volunteers Mrs. Sotonye Toby Fulton, expressed joy for the warm reception by the monarch and noted that the team was touched by the situation of the people at the IDPs and have come to render a helping hand.
She said it was a great honour to be at the Palace of the Monarch and prayed for more grace, wisdom and good health for the king to continue with his good works of leading his people.
At the IPD camp she called on the camp managers to ensure that the items were properly distributed to the victims so as to cushion the effect of the flood impact, adding the group shares from the pains of the victims.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of relief and food materials to the Edeoha IDP camp.