Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson at the weekend lamented that the Federal Government’s response to the flood ravaged victims in the state has not been sufficient; saying the state only got 300 bags of rice from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) without any form of medical supplies or other relief materials.
He disclosed that the extent of devastation in the state was such that it needs far more supply than what was received from the Federal Government.
Speaking in Yenagoa during a media chat at Government House, the Governor Dickson said: “Since the vice president’s departure, there has not been any response of increased supplies”
According to him, the state government has commiserated with the people who were hit by the natural disaster and assured them that the government was with them in their time of difficulty.
Governor Dickson further said that over 70 per cent of the communities were still under water and have been under water for the past two months.
“As we try to transit to normalcy, I want to assure you that your government will try to stand shoulder to shoulder with you. By next week, we will go round to deliver the additional relief materials that we have secured.”
He said that the government has approved far over N100million towards alleviating the sufferings of the victims. He added that the amount would rise to N200million what the government is dealing with is not only food materials.
“We are also preparing the medical teams to go round. The Commissioner for health is actually leading and coordinating the medical team. Now that the water is receding, that is when you have cases of water borne diseases coming up. We have already started getting the feelers that in some communities that has started happening because people have been under water for about two months.
“Clearly even if it is medical supply of N2billion, it won’t be enough because of the extent of damage. It is just to continue to show our concern and to say that as your government we share in your pains and we are alive to our responsibilities and our duties,” he said.
Meanwhile, Governor Dickson has said that the Restoration Government was granting automatic employment to all first class graduates in the state.
He called on any indigene of the state that made First Class graduate in any field to come forward for documentation.
“I want to use that to inspire young Bayelsans to take their studies seriously.”