In line with ills accompanying the year 2020, residents of Bayelsa State have continued groaning in pains as they recount loss of assets and sources of livelihood to the annual flood that hit the state amidst the #ENDSARS crisis rocking the country.
The flood which submerged greater part of the state has caused severe damages to both public and private properties, left many homeless, with the business community plunged into huge loss. This came barely few months after the country stepped out of the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, in expression of concern over victims’ outcry for government intervention, the Director General of a human rights group, Core Advocate For Genuine Change and Peace Initiative (CAGCPI), Comrade Jacob Obekuma blamed the misfortune on government’s negligence of the very statutory responsibilities it owes the citizenry.
According to the ex-leader of Niger Delta agitators, who spoke to TNN in Yenagoa, Bayelsa is among states that receive the highest allocation from the federation account, exclusive of the ecological fund, excess crude and revenue coming into the state treasury from various international donor agencies, saying what leadership of the State requires now was the political goodwill to develop the state infrastructure.
While he described the present flood situation as triple tragedy to residents who are grappling to recover from the harsh impact of COVID-19 and ENDSARS protest, Jacob said at the moment “what Bayelsans need is not political rhetorics as noticeable in successive administrations, but a deliberate and conscious effort to address the problem of infrastructural deficit, poverty and unemployment in the state.
He further called on Governor Douye Diri to take advantage of the upcoming dry season to embark on massive infrastructural projects, more essentially construction of new roads, the proposed flyover at Tombia roundabout, as well as putting up standard drainage system across the state to assuage future flood.
He commended Bayelsans on their peaceful comportment during the ENDSARS protest in the state, and explained that governor Diri acted right to have emulated other states to set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to look into complaints of Police brutality in the state.
Obekuma noted the need to tighten up security watch around the state capital, pointing out that recent clash between two rival cult groups at the Tombia axis of the state capital was due to unemployment, poverty and absence of security operatives at strategic locations in the state.
“If Bayelsa youths are engaged with jobs no matter how little, to earn good living, they won’t have time to indulge in cultism practice, causing threat to the lives of innocent citizens”, he said, calling on Bayelsans to support governor Diri in actions and prayers towards delivery of credible governance.