Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has again tasked the federal government on its support to the state to cushion the effect of the devastating floods.
Governor Diri said considering Bayelsa’s contribution to the nation’s economy, the response of the federal government to the flood situation in the state was not commensurate and fair.
His Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as having made the remark on Sunday at the Chief DSP Memorial Banquet Hall in Yenagoa while declaring open a three-day solemn assembly of fasting and prayers ahead of the state's annual Thanksgiving Day on November 2.
While bemoaning the level of destruction caused by the natural disaster across communities in the state, he noted that it would cost the government hundreds of ...
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has commiserated with the people of the state over the loss of lives and extensive destruction wrought by the recent floods in the state. In a statement today in Yenagoa, APC sympathised with victims of the floods, which it said reached almost every part of the state and caused large-scale damage to livelihoods.
The party in the statement signed by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, said it was confident that the strength and resilience of our people would carry us through this difficult time. The party, however, gave the state government a slap on the wrist for not being pro-active on the issue.
The statement read, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) offers its heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the people ...
More than 14 days into the worst humanitarian crisis facing the Oil rich Bayelsa State, Gov Douye Diri has cried out that not relief seem seem to be in sight from the Federal Government even as Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel has expressed shock at the level of devastation occassioned by the menacing floods that have swept over more than 300 communities in Bayelsa State.
Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, who sympathised with his Bayelsa counterpart, Senator Douye Diri, over the flood situation describee it as very pathetic.
Mr. Emmanuel, who led a delegation of members of his cabinet to Government House, Yenagoa, on Wednesday, said it was his cabinet’s decision to visit Bayelsa based on the magnitude of the flood that hit the state.
He applauded the relentless efforts of Governor Dir...
Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has donated the sum of N50 million to flood victims in Bayelsa State, which translates to about N6.25m per each of the eight Council areas of the state.
Speaking at Government House, Yenagoa, during a sympathy visit Gov Douye Diri Tuesday, Atiku said the donation was his token to support the recovery process of those affected by the flood.
Describing the disaster as disheartening, he lamented its effect on the lives and economy of people of the state and called on the Federal Government and public-spirited individuals and organizations to support Bayelsa in this difficult moment.
The former Vice President advocated the setting up of an independent flood disaster relief fund that will provide succo...
Former Governor of Anambra State and presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election,
Mr. Obi said flying into the state in a chopper gave him a better aerial view of the situation and that the state needs urgent help.
Obi spoke on Saturday in Yenagoa, the state capital, when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Douye Diri at the Government House before they both visited internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Oxbow Lake Pavilion camp in Yenagoa.
He lamented the hardship experienced by people of the state as a result of the floods and wondered why the federal government had not sent a high-powered delegation to the state with a view to providing assistance for the people.
While calling on the federal government to declare an emergency over the flooding in par...
In continuation of his assessment of the flood situation in Bayelsa State, Governor Douye Diri was in Otuoke, hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Ogbia Local Government Area on Thursday.
Speaking to journalists, Governor Diri lamented the degree of destruction caused by what he described as an “attack by natural disaster” on the livelihood of Bayelsans.
He stressed that Otuoke, which is the host community of a federal university, had been submerged and most of the locals displaced, including the home of Dr. Jonathan.
The governor, however, urged the people not to despair even in these trying times, assuring them that the state government had put in place machinery to provide relief materials and medical assistance to victims of the flood.
He equally empathized wit...
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has taken steps to arrest the sudden rise in the price of food items and petroleum products in the state.
Governor Diri, after separate meetings with the state chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Petroleum Owners Association Of Nigeria (PETROAN), and market union leaders, yesterday, in Government House, Yenagoa, announced the setting up of two committees comprising of government officials and the marketers and traders respectively.
He said the meetings were convened to address the arbitrary increase in the price of petroleum products and goods in the state and cautioned against plunging the state into another crisis while it is grappling with the flooding challenges.
He explained that the...
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said the flooding in the state was overwhelming and beyond what the government alone can handle.
The governor has, consequently, appealed for assistance from the federal government, local and international organisations as well as public-spirited individuals.
He made the appeal in a statewide radio and television broadcast on Tuesday.
According to him, the current flood has severely impacted lives and livelihoods, with nearly a million people in over 300 communities displaced and some deaths reported.
He stated that he had toured several of the ravaged communities and seen first hand the extent of the destruction.
He said: “Over the last few days, floods have overwhelmed our communities and severely impacted the lives and livelih...
The recent flood disaster that is being felt in various states in Nigeria is taking an alarming dimension in Bayelsa State, according to a statement by the Ijaw Media Forum.
A statement by its National President, Elder Asu Beks, has appealed to the United Nations, the Federal Government of Nigeria and and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA , to move in swifty to avert the ravaging calamity. Said Elder Asu Beks: "As we speak, speak most of the communities in the state are under water. Never before has flooding been so devastating in the history of Bayelsa State and the entire Niger Delta as currently being experienced. Properties worth billions of naira have been destroyed while thousands of families have been rendered homeless , as Bayelsa State have been cut off from the ne...
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has bemoaned the devastation of property and the hardship visited on people of the state by flood.
Governor Diri, on Thursday, undertook an on-the-spot assessment of the flood situation in some communities and described it as very dire.
The governor, who was accompanied by the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Solomon Agwana, the Commissioner for Environment and chairman of the Task Force on Flood Mitigation and Management, Mr. Eselema Gbaranbiri, his Works and Information counterparts, Moses Teibowei and Ayibaina Duba respectively as well as other top government functionaries, made stops at Tungbo, Sagbama town and Adagbabiri, all in Sagbama Local Government Area.
He also visited Odi and Kaiama communities in Kolok...