UPDATES OF EFFORTS by Governor Dickson in Resolving the Flood DISASTER IN BAYELSA STATE
Without doubt, Bayelsa state is designated in category ‘’A’’ in the ongoing flood disaster. This was disclosed by Mr President during a nationwide broadcast by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Prior to the announcement, His Excellency, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, the Governor of bayelsa state is one of the first Governor in Nigeria to constitute an emergency response flood management committee. Recognising the devastating effects of flood and the fact that Bayelsa state is 90% maritime, Governor Dickson inaugurates the committee with admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah rtd, Deputy Governor as chairman. The Governor went further to designate the Samson Siasia sport complex, Yenagoa as Camp for displaced.
Only in Yenagoa, apart from the major Camps at the Sports Complex, two other Camps were established in Bishop Dimeari Grammar school and Igbogene. Further, all the headquarters of the eight local government areas were designated as Refugee camps.
The Dickson’s administration has taken Proactive steps to tackle the flood disaster in the state. So far, tents, blankets, foods, mattresses and cooking utensils have been provided and distributed to all the camps. Government has started to monitor the activities of NGOs such as RESTORATION YOUTH NETWORK and other indigenous CBO’s in managing the crisis.
Verily, the Bayelsa state Governments has proved to be living up to the expectation o both displaced people and the role of Not-for-profit Organisations and enjoins philanthropic individuals to assist displaced persons to assuage the fears of the populace and mitigate the hardship faced by the people displaced by the ravaging flood.
The Bayelsa New Media Team hereby commends Governor Henry Seriake Dickson on the timely manner it intervened to manage the humanitarian disaster precipitated by the flood. When the B.N.M.T visited two of the camps today, a huge number of people were in good spirit, even though some of them faced challenges, which are within the control of the authorities. The B.N.M.T also consulted with other NGO’s and their leaders expressed hope that if the heavens would close her wombs for two days, certainly the floods will recede. However, the aftermath of the disaster may be colossal.
There are oval possibilities that, with the closing of the dam in the Republic of Cameroon and the effort of Government at all levels, the flood disaster would equip all agencies of Government to redouble efforts at managing natural disasters in the future.