Hon. Ebipate Apaingolo gave this assurance during the assessment of affected communities in Yenagoa, Ogbia and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas.
In Yenagoa LGA, the team visited Agbura community which was very affected by the flood. In Ogbia, most communities visited had been submerged by the flood. They include Ayakoro, Otuedu, Ayama, Otuobhi and Ologoghe, while Ologi was not really affected. In Southern Ijaw, Ozezebiri, Kainyabiri, Ofonibiri, Oporoma, Angiama and Amassoma communities were all heavily flooded and Opuama, Pulo-Obubo, Ekowe, Oloma and Otuan were not really affected.
The commissioner urged victims of the disaster in Agbura, Otuogori, Otuedu, Anyama and Ologoghe communities, where property worth millions of naira were destroyed not to be hopeless, that the government is ready to bring succor to the affected communities. Apaingolo called on those residing in the coastal areas to take advantage of the internally displaced persons camps and shelters provided by the state government within the local government area and to keep faith in the plans of the government for them. He described the devastating situation at Kainyanbiri, Ofonibiri, Otuebiri and some parts of Amassoma as unfortunate and worrisome and that the government would send relief materials to the people through the local government chairmen.
The commissioner frowned at the federal government’s neglect of the Niger Delta region and Bayelsa State particularly, despite its huge contribution to the nation’s economy.
Apaingolo then thanked Governor Seriake Dickson, for his concern for their welfare and appealed for early release of the relief items from government. The environment commissioner was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in his ministry, the SEMA Director of Operations, the Head Media and Events to the Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Ono Akpe and other officials from the Ministry of Environment.