Senator Douye Diri, the governor of Bayelsa State, has ordered all civil officials to work from home for one week, with the exception of those doing necessary responsibilities, in order to lessen the impact of flooding in communities.
In a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, Diri gave the order and noted that numerous areas in the state had been seriously affected by floods, which had a negative impact on life and means of subsistence.
According to reports, flooding also affected a portion of the state secretariat in Yenagoa.
Senator Douye Diri pleaded with sellers, especially those of fuel, food, water, and medicines, not to take advantage of the situation by raising prices.
“Over the last few days, flooding have seriously affected our people’s lives and way of life, overwhelming our villages,” he stated. This is a natural calamity that has had varying degrees of impact on numerous other federated states. I’ve visited a number of our communities to personally witness the depth of the damage. According to our expertise, floodwater drains into our state.
“In my opinion, the situation is critical. Internal displacement has affected over 300 localities and affected close to a million people. Unfortunately, there have been a few documented deaths. Sagbama, Ekeremor, Southern Ijaw, Ogbia, Yenagoa, Nembe, and Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Areas all share the same story. Farm areas have been damaged, residences lost, and businesses have closed. A humanitarian situation exists.
The state-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma, the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, and the University of Africa, Toru-Orua, as well as other vital facilities like hospitals, roads, bridges, and schools have all been negatively impacted.
As I deliver this speech, Bayelsa State is completely cut off from the rest of the nation because large sections of the strategic East-West Road, which serves as the only route into and out of the state, have collapsed due to heavy flooding along the stretch between Okogbe and Ahoada in Rivers State and Ughelli and Patani in Delta State. Food, medical supplies, and energy are now in short supply, causing economic hardship. The predicament is dire and getting worse.
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“I want to sincerely thank Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of the people of Bayelsa for ordering the various federal agencies to travel to the state’s aid.
I kindly request that they quickly follow this presidential order.
Without exaggeration, the state cannot adequately address the devastation at its current level on its own. We urgently request the aid of multinational corporations, international donor organizations, the Red Cross, diplomatic missions, and good-willed individuals to save our state.
“I have ordered that all federal servants—aside from those doing critical duties—be granted time off for the upcoming week. I want to specifically ask the sellers of fuel, food, water, and medicines not to take advantage of the situation. We must look out for one another.”
The government has also noted that some criminals prey on the disadvantaged populace during these times of adversity. We continue to have zero tolerance for crime and criminality, let me be clear about that.