COP28: Bayelsa Governor seeks global attention for erosion-ravaged Communities.

Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, has taken his campaign against the threats of ocean surge, coastal erosion, environmental pollution and their related impacts to the global stage.

Speaking during the United Nations Convention for Conserving River Deltas (UN-CCRD) unveiling session of the ongoing Climate Change Summit (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Governor Diri solicited global concerted efforts to address the effects of oceanification and climate change on Bayelsa coastal communities.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as saying in the past few years, no fewer than 20 coastal communities in the state had almost been submerged or lost substantial amount of land to ocean surge and rising sea waters.

He said the communities include Agge, Akassa, Aghoro, Twon-Brass, Ekeni, Ezetu, Foropa, Koluama One and Two, Odioama and Okpoama among others.

Governor Diri noted that climate change continues to wreak unimaginable havoc on Niger Delta environment, its ecosystem and human resources.

The Bayelsa helmsman called on leaders to devise effective short and long-term solutions such as sustenance, shelter, alternative educational facilities for children and the protection of vulnerable members of society, particularly the girl child.

He said the State government will continue to support and give priority attention to all activities and programmes of Deltas Unite.