Nigeria: Bayelsa Governor releases N50 million to flood victims
London, September 26, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Bayelsa State Governor in Nigeria, Henry Seriake Dickson on Wednesday expressed concern over the flood situation in the state, describing it as another pathetic disaster.
Dickson who was shocked by the reports of the flood immediately directed the release of N50 million for the purchase of relieve materials for victims.
A statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson said the governor gave the directive during a meeting with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and chairmen of the local government councils.
The governor stated that the money is a quick intervention for the victims to be provided with some succour and asked officials of SEMA to work with the council chairmen for the distribution of the relieve materials to the victims to ameliorate their plights.
Dickson who deeply sympathised with those already affected, assured that everything will be done to ensure that the situation is kept under control and promised to embark on an on the spot assessment to affected areas.
He also directed the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu to mobilize health officials to provide immediate medical intervention in order to avoid any possible outbeeak of epidemic caused by the flood.
The governor also called on those who reside in flood prone areas to immediately vacate and move to more safer places or the camps that are being set up by SEMA, insisting that no life must be lost.
Dickson emphasized that the proactive steps are being taken considering the commitment of the government and requested SEMA to furnish him regularly with details of the situation.
He maintained that the government is on top of the matter and will surely overcome it as a state just as it did in 2012 and called on Bayelsans to support the efforts of government as disasters like flood are not man made.