John ODHE, Yenagoa
The people of Onopa community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have got some respite following the ridding of the Epie Creek of water hyacinth which hitherto prevented them from accessing their farmlands as well as going fishing.
Onopa is a community next to Ovom in the state capital where the Government House, nicknamed as Creek Haven, is situated.
Onopa and other communities along the Epie Creek had suffered blockage of their water from by thick hyacinth that had not been cleared over time, thereby causing difficulty to the natives whose mainstay is farming in reaching their farmlands and fishing spots.
They, however, heaved a sigh of relief when the governor Douye Diri led ‘Prosperity Government’ facilitated the clearing of the water hyacinth to enable them do their farming without hitch.
In a statement jointly signed by the Paramount Ruler and Deputy Paramount Ruler, Chief Morris Tamama and Chief Sini Buna respectively on behalf of Onopa community, they commended governor Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo for coming to their rescue.
The community also identified with the member representing Yenagoa Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Mr. Oforji Oboku, whom they described as their ‘Civilian General’ for facilitating the move.
Onopa prayed for God’s guidance up on them as they pilot the affairs of the state to achieve set goals, urging Bayelsans to work in unison with the state government to achieve the dividends of democracy.