The Bayelsa Government has on Saturday began the distribution of relief items to victims of flood-ravaged communities in the eight local government areas of the state.
In a statement, The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah, said the distribution was in fulfillment of Gov. Douye Diri’s promise when he led top government functionaries on an on-the-spot assessment of flooded communities in the state.
While distributing the relief items, the Governor who was represented by theSecretary to the State Government, Mr Konbowei Benson, noted that the distribution was the government’s own way of cushioning the negative impact of flooding on the people.
He said that the government was not unaware of the devastating effects of the annual natural disaster on farmlands and the untold hardship on farmers.
The Governor stressed that the distribution would be devoid of party interest, aslo urged those responsible for supervising the distribution to reach out to internally displaced persons, the elderly and those whose property were damaged by the flood.
He also called for cooperation from the people as the relief materials got to them in order to achieve the purpose for its distribution.
On their part, The Chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, Chief Dengiye Ubarogu, and his Sagbama counterpart, Embeleakpo Alali, thanked Governor Diri for coming to the aid of the flood victims whom they said were gradually recovering from the flood.
They promised to distribute the relief materials to every victim of the flood, noting that councillors representing every ward were mobilised for even distribution.
Meanwhile, the distribution of more relief materials would continue in the other local government areas.