Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Douye Diri on Media Comrade Tamarakuro Oweifie, has frowned at comments credited to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq, that Bayelsa is not among the top-ten states hit by this year’s flood.
While expressing shock at her claims, comrade Oweifie urged her not to use landmass as yard stick to determine the extent of impact but take into cognizance the total number of Local Government Areas in the state affected.
Reiterating that Bayelsa stands as the worst impacted from the floods, the SSA stressed that out of the thirty-three states forecast by NIMET earlier, to be flooded this year, it is only Bayelsa State that was cut off from the rest of the world as a result of the flood.
He noted that the two land access routes into Bayelsa through the East-West Road are impassable at the over ten kilometers Umeh- axis of the Patani-Ugheli end, in Delta State, as well as the over nineteen kilometers stretch of the Okobe-Ahoada axis in Rivers State.
The SSA also confirmed that over ninety per cent of the houses are submerged with the economic, livelihood, health facilities, social infrastructure being destroyed, not to mention the number of deaths in all the LGA’s.
Comrade Oweifie however called on the federal government to stop playing politics with the humanitarian needs of the people and do the needful to alleviate their suffering, considering the role the state plays in sustaining the country’s economy.