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Bayelsa declares 7 days break for workers

The Bayelsa State Government has declared seven days break for civil servants in the state due to the challenges currently being faced as a result of flooding.

The State Governor Douye Diri, In a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, said essential workers are excluded from the work-free days as they are expected to be at their duty posts.

According to him, the state has been badly hit by the flood with property worth billions of naira destroyed, businesses shut down and farmland destroyed, a situation he said has left millions of persons displaced in areas such as Sagbama, Ekeremor, Southern Ijaw, Ogbia, Yenagoa, Nembe and Kolokuma Opokuma local government areas.

I hereby direct all public servants except those on essential duties to be given time off from work for the next one week Let me make a special appeal to vendors, particularly of fuel, food, water and pharmaceuticals not to exploit the situation. We must be our brothers’ keepers.” the governor said.

According to the governor, 300 communities in the state have been affected with about a million persons being internally displaced.

Governor Diri, noted that critical infrastructure such as hospitals; roads, bridges, schools and the State-owned Niger Delta University in Amassoma, the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, and the University of Africa, Toru-Orua, were critically affected.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; editing by Julian Osamoto