Flood: Bayelsa lawmakers beg Buhari for help

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Members of the National Assembly from Bayelsa State have called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to declare a state of emergency on the floods that have ravaged parts of the state.

This is just as the House of Representatives Committee on Ecological Fund has commenced an investigation on how beneficiaries of the Ecological Fund have utilised funds released to them in the wake of floods that have submerged many communities across the country.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, the lawmakers, who read a joint statement titled, ‘Press release on the devastation caused by the 2022 flood in Bayelsa State,’ noted that the Bayelsa Caucus was fully abreast with the “multi-faceted and perilous times confronting Bayelsans, as occasioned by the perennial floods that have sacked homes and entire communities.”

“Guided by the untold suffering this has spelt on our people, we hereby empathise with all victims across the state, assuring them that as representatives of the people, we are in unison, working assiduously in partnership with relevant ministries, departments and agencies to bring succour to the affected populace,” they said.

The statement was signed by Senator Seriake Dickson, Senator Biobarakumo Degi-Eremienyo, Senator Moses Cleopas and Messrs Frederick Agbedi, Preye Oseke, Frederick Obua, Israel Sunny-Goli and Steve Azaiki.

It partly read, “Considering that Bayelsa State is not just the worst affected, but one that has been completely severed from the rest of the country as a result of the complete erosion across several sections of the East-West Road.

“It is our additional call, therefore, on Mr President to declare a state of disaster emergency in Bayelsa State. Similarly, we call on ministries, departments and agencies such as the National Emergency Management Agency; National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons; and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for their considered immediate intervention with medicines, foodstuffs and other relief materials.”

The committee’s Chairman, Ibrahim Isiaka, made this known to our correspondent in an interview after he led a team of lawmakers to Akwa Ibom State on Saturday.

Isiaka said, “We want to see how well we can shed some weight at the federal level to the state and local governments, to carry more of the responsibilities, especially in terms of flooding and erosion. They have tried in terms of eliminating, mitigating and controlling many. It is not a one-day engagement; it is a process and we are continuing with that.” Punch


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