Governor Diri receives Humanitarian Affairs Minister, recounts losses

Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri has restated the call for effective support from the federal government, individuals and organizations to the state over the recent flood disaster.

Governor Diri stated this when he received the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Dr. Sadiya Umar Farouq and members of her entourage during a courtesy call in Government House, Yenagoa.

The Governor noted that the Minister’s visit to the state was long expected, especially when the flood was at its peak.

Speaking through his Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, the state helmsman said the government and people of Bayelsa State were not initially pleased with remarks credited to the Minister about the flood in the state, that Bayelsa was not among the ten worst affected states in the country.

Governor Diri informed that the flood rose to over four point five metres above its normal level and caused unprecedented devastation, hence the news that Bayelsa is not among the worst-hit states was worrisome to the people.

The Bayelsa Chief Executive, who thanked federal government for the relief materials sent to the State through the Ministry, however, pointed out that some of the relief items reportedly sent to the state were not officially channeled through the state government to the flood victims.

He also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for including Bayelsa as a member of the National Flood Relief Committee, and expressed the belief that the state would get her fair share from the Federal Government’s post-flood relief measures.

Earlier in a remark, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, DrSadiya Umar Farouq, said she and her team came to empathize with the government and people of Bayelsa State over the flood, which impacted negatively on the state.

Dr. Farouq who commended the efforts of the Bayelsa State Government for providing support for the flood victims, disclosed that part of her visit to the state was also to rollout her Ministry’s economic empowerment packages for beneficiaries from Bayelsa.

The Minister also disclosed that the National Home Grown School Feeding scheme which commenced since twenty-sixteen would be introduced in Bayelsa this year, and called on government to create an enabling environment for the scheme to succeed in the state.