Bayelsa Disaster Headline News Nigeria

Niger Delta Caucus bemoans impact of flooding on Bayelsa

The Niger Delta caucus in the House of Representatives has described as unfortunate, the exclusion of Bayelsa state from top ten most affected states by flood by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadia Umar Farouq.

Briefing the House of Representatives Press Corps, the Chairman of the caucus, Mr Frederick Agbedi, said the Minister had in a recent speech excluded Bayelsa state from the top ten most affected states by the 2022 flood, which according to him was wrong.

According to the lawmaker, the comments of the minister were at variance with the statement of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Matthias Schmale, who declared Bayelsa a disaster zone.

“It is an undeniable fact that Bayelsa State is not only cut off from the rest of the country but 80% of the landmass at peak of the flood was submerged with over 70% of the inhabitants displaced as a result of the flood. It suffices to state, that there are glaring evidence that has shown the world where the flood is worst hit in Nigeria, testimonies from highly placed Nigerians who visited the state, of the devastating effect
of the flood.”

“We wish to bring to the Minister’s attention, that the entire Niger Delta States of Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa ibom, Edo, Imo and Cross River are highly impacted.” He noted.

Agbedi who stated that currently, Bayelsa State is the only state that cannot be linked by road to the western flank of the country through Delta State and to the east through Rivers State, said almost the entire State has been under water with all schools in the state closed down.

Writing by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade/Annabel Nwachukwu