Bayelsa State Government has reacted to the claim by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq that the State is not one of the ten most impacted by the flood.
Reacting in a statement, Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy Hon. Ayiba Duba notes that the slow response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the flood despite the President’s directive is a confirmation that the Federal Ministry and its agencies have abandoned their responsibility and are not interested in managing the disaster.
According to the statement, the Minister had earlier claimed that only four Local Government Areas of the state were impacted by the flood, relying on a data which is in contradiction of the reality that every local government in the state is impacted by the flood.
The statement notes that since the flood occurred a month ago, no representative of Federal Government has visited the state to assess the situation.
It notes that the Minister and the Federal Government have not been fair to the people of the state who have undergone trauma of losing loved ones, homes and livelihood.
According to the statement, the data used by federal ministry to arrive at the conclusion is suspicious as over three hundred communities were impacted by the flood and almost a million people were displaced from their homes, many of them losing their livelihood in Bayelsa State.
It urges the Minister to come to Bayelsa State to ascertain the truth.