Bayelsa govt orders immediate closure of schools in the state, seeks divine intervention to end flooding

Victims of flooding navigate their way around their community

By Achiever Peterson

The Bayelsa state government has called on people of the state to seek the face of God in the ongoing flood disaster, just as the state governor ordered that all schools in the state be closed for three weeks.

The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, Sunday ordered the immediate closure of all schools to avoid loss of lives due to the current flooding in the state.

The governor has also also set up a special committee to facilitate prompt and effective response to the flood emergency in the state.

A large number of communities in almost all the local government areas have been seriously affected by the flooding, especially in Ekeremor, Sagbama, Ogbia and Southern Ijaw.

The decision to shut down the schools came even as the governor raised the alarm that over 70 per cent of the communities in the state are now submerged by the raging flood in the country.

Similarly, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, in a statement, said the state is in a critical period that needs the divine intervention of the almighty.

He said that following the inspection of flood ravaged communities by Governor Seriake Dickson and his deputy on Saturday, it was obvious that Bayelsa needs more than physical help to pull through the current natural disaster.

Iworiso-Markson therefore appealed to the people to use the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the state not for only merry making but to engage in serious prayers for Bayelsa to overcome the challenge of flooding. 

While felicitating with Bayelsans on the anniversary and Nigeria's 58 Independence, Iworiso-Markson  also called for greater understanding and support to enable the government provide succour for victims of the flood disaster. 

The Information Commissioner however said Bayelsa in the last 22 years have grown to be a state to reckon with because of its developmental trajectory, particularly under the current Restoration Administration of Gov. Dickson. 

He listed some of the signature projects of the government to include; The Bayelsa Specialist Hospital, The Bayelsa Diagnostic Centre, The Ijaw National Academy, The multi billion naira International Cargo Airport, as signpost of the new Bayelsa. 

The Government spokesman who thanked Bayelsans for their patriotism in the evolution of the state, charged them to work towards attaining greater heights to fulfil the dreams of the founding fathers and those who struggled for the creation of the state. 

He went further to congratulate Gov. Dickson for being part of the state's success story and providing quality and purposeful leadership at a time that it was most needed and also commended the countryman governor for the stability in the polity which is unprecedented.

According to him, Bayelsa will not remain the same again in a few years, after the completion of other big ticket projects like the Agge Deep Sea Port which the government is pursuing relentlessly. 
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