PORT HARCOURT: ABOUT one hundred thousand persons have so far been displaced by flood in Ekpeye kingdom in Rivers state.
Lamenting the situation weekend in Ahoada East local government area, the traditional ruler of the kingdom, Eze Robinson O. Robinson said more than half of the land space of the kingdom had been submerged in water.
The monarch who spoke when Total E&P presented relief materials to his palace for distributions to victims of the disaster expressed warm gratitude to the oil giant.
He said he was not surprised at the kind gesture of the oil company because the firm had continued to implement its own part of the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU it went into with the area.
While appealing for drugs and foams from the firm for victims of the disaster the traditional ruler assured that the people would continue to reciprocate the gesture of the firm by ensuring that it sustains the conducive environment for the firm to operative.
Continuing, the monarch wondered why the federal government grouped the state in category C when a large part of the area had been submerged in water. “I don’t see how people living under water is categorised as C. Who is in A and B. The state is under water how then do you categorise us as C, “he queried.
Describing the categorisation as an error on the part of the federal government he said the government should correct it and put the state in Category A.
Rice, turkey oil, dettol, salt, tissue papers, bottled water were among items donated by Total to Ekpeye and Idu communities.
The monarch said a relief committee had been set up by his palace to distribute the items meant for his Ekpeye communities, adding that some of those displaced by flood in his kingdom were still faced with problems of food and accommodation.
He urged the state and federal government to act quickly to avert an outbreak of epidemic.