United Nigeria Airlines has flown relief materials to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State for distribution to victims of the devastating flood disaster in that state as its own little contribution to ameliorate the suffering of victims.
Items donated include rice, milk, noodles, salt, sugar, cooking oil, potable drinking water among others.
The airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mazi Osita Okonkwo, said the donations were made in fulfillment of the airlines Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
He said,“The flood experienced this year has been very devastating. Lives have been negatively impacted by the flood. Families have been separated. Homes and properties destroyed. Businesses have also been negatively affected. More than half of the state is under water. We hope for immediate receding of the flood so that people can return to their normal lives.
“What we have done is in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). It is also in response to the call for help. The impact of the flood is huge and it will cost a lot to fix. We have only contributed towards ameliorating the sufferings of the people many of who cannot even find a place to cook for their families. We put ourselves in the shoes of those who have been negatively impacted by the flood. We feel their pains at this time and keep praying that succour will come their way sooner”, he said.
Receiving the items for onward transfer to the State Government, Station Manager of United Nigeria at the Bayelsa International Airport (BIA), Mrs. June Bells-Opara, expressed joy saying “that is who we are; flying to unite”.
She said “I am very happy and proud of United Nigeria Airlines for reaching out to the host communities at this point in time”.
Mrs. Bells-Opara said the items will be officially handed over to the State government on Monday when the airline will resume regular scheduled daily flights to the state .