Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has urged the federal government to declare a national emergency on the rampaging flood that has devastated lives and property in the state and others in the country.
Governor Diri, who made the call at an emergency Security Council meeting in Government House, Yenagoa maintained the need to brainstorm with heads of various security agencies to assess the situation and mitigate the impact of the natural disaster.
The Governor lamenting the magnitude of this year’s flooding, which he noted had surpassed that of two thousand and twelve, also said communities, homes and road infrastructure have been severely impacted, cutting off the State from neighboring states of Rivers and Delta.
Governor Diri cautioned those peddling false information and protesting a water channel project undertaken by the state government at Okutukutu and Opolo axis of Yenagoa, the state capital to desist from the act.
He explained that the project was undertaken to mitigate the plight of residents around that area affected by flood annually and not to satisfy any other interest.
Speaking at the end of the Security Council meeting, Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Ben Okolo, said the Council resolved to include security agencies into the State Flood Committee to ensure that the relief materials get to the victims and security provided for displaced persons at their camps.
Mr. Okolo He also issued a travel advisory to travelers from Bayelsa to Rivers and Delta states to wait till the flood recedes as the road to both states had been cut off.
He said the Council advised petroleum marketers not to take advantage of the situation to increase the prices of their products and warned criminal not to cause more pain for people affected by the flood.