Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Saturday donated N50m to 1000 flood victims in Bayelsa State.
Tinubu who visited with Hajiya Fatima Shettima, wife of the Vice Presidential candidate of the APC, Kashim Shettima, was welcomed by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva and his wife, Mrs Alanyingi Sylva, in Yenagoa, the State capital.
She was welcomed with cheers by thousands of IDPs at the Oxbow Lake pavilion, the biggest displaced persons camp in the State.
Speaking at Oxbow Lake camp, Senator Tinubu stressed that her visit was strictly on humanitarian grounds to personally empathise with Bayelsans over the devastation brought by the floods and to extend a helping hand.
Apart from drugs and medical equipment, food, wrappers and other relief items, she also donated N50m to the State.
Tinubu explained that the money was for 1,000 affected individuals receiving N50,000 each as a post-flood intervention and the process will be managed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva
She said; “We have come here to empathize with you. We thank the Honourable Minister and his wife, whom we call ‘Mama Petroleum.’’
“We thank them sincerely for what they have been doing and we greet the people of Bayelsa State. We know what has come upon this land and we come with glad tidings.”
Speaking to reporters, Alanyingi Sylva described the situation as delicate and a time for the best of humanity to be exhibited.
Chief Timipre Sylva on his part commended Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Hajiya Fatima Kashim Shettima for the visit and assured them that it was a moment Bayelsans will always affectionately remember.
In a brief visit by Senator Tinubu and others to the Obenibe of Epie Kingdom, His Royal Majesty King Malla Sasime, the monarch expressed gratitude to them for the humanitarian gesture.
King Sasime said; “These acts of humanity are what it takes a society to actually grow. We appreciate you and the Honourable Minister so much for remembering our people at this critical time. Thank you and may God bless you.”