Governor Seriake Dickson has urged all relevant government agencies to work in synergy as they prepare proactively to effectively combat this year’s flood, when it eventually comes, given the predictions of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
He said this during a one-day Flood Preparedness and Management Workshop with the theme, “towards effective flood management,” organized by the State Post-Flood Management Committee and the Flood Research Group of the Federal University, Otuoke at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Yenagoa.
Speaking through his deputy, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah(rtd), he further said that the landscape of Bayelsa State is 70% water, as such, the challenges of flooding and other related issues will always continue to confront us as a people, and therefore, called on all and sundry to brace up.
While acknowledging the significance of theoretical concepts in disaster management, he also added that such theoretical postulations should be simplified for easy application by the common man in order to have the desired results.
The deputy governor also explained that every military formation, including police stations should have disaster management units, so as to ensure quick response because they have the relevant facilities and the right training.
In view of the experiences of last year’s devasting flood, he also stressed that the State Government had already disbursed N500million to mitigate the effects of this year’s impending flood.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the Post-Flood Management Committee, Chief Francis Doukpola, noted that the scourge of annual flooding has become one of the serious developmental challenges of Bayelsa State, adding that preventing flood is better than managing it.
He also recalled that a good number of persons in the communities lost their houses as a result of last year’s flood which informed the committee’s decision to provide bags of cement and other building materials to such persons to enable them rebuild their houses.
Top government functionaries attended the one-day workshop, including the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Edmond Allison-Oguru, Commissioners, Senior Military Officers, and the Chairman of the State Traditional Rulers Council, King Godwin Igodo.
Lead presenters and discussants of papers include, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke, Prof. Bio Nyanayo and Prof. Steve Nwabuzor, both of the Federal University Otuoke, Dr P.A. Bariweni and Prof Effiom Antia, of the Niger Delta University, Prof. Chidi Ibe of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. T.K.S. Abam of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt as well as Chief Iboro Ige-Edaba, Executive Secretary, Capital City Development Authority.
Senior Special Assistant on Media
to the Deputy Governor
September 03, 2013