Governor Udom Emmanuel has donated the sum of Hundred million naira (N100,000,000) plus relief materials to the Bayelsa State Government following the ravaging flood disaster in the state.
The Governor commended his colleague in Bayelsa State, Sen. Duoye Diri, for his excellent and quick response to the current flood disaster in his state.
He said that the quick intervention approach by the Governor has restored hope to the people affected by the flood, noting that the day citizens lose hope, then the essence of Government would have been eroded.
His words “When a sad incident occurs, the people look up to government to come to their aid and I’m glad that you have risen squarely to the occasion, and this has given your people hope.” Governor Emmanuel made these remarks at Government House, Yenegoa when he paid a visit to the Sen. Diri, the Governor of Bayelsa State.
Governor Udom Emmanuel also appealed to the Federal Government to expedite their intervention, so as to help the affected communities in Bayelsa and other states affected by the flood.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor delivered the sum of One Hundred Million Naira and a truck load of relief materials, from the Government of Akwa Ibom State to the Bayelsa Government for distribution to the affected communities.
Responding, Sen. Diri, appreciated the Gov. Emmanuel’s visit and gifts, stating that he has shown that he is a leader and not a politician. Diri said “when this flood happened, you called on phone which I thought was enough, but this visit by you is very touching. You have risen to the demands of transformational leadership by this action of yours.
This is what this moment needs, leaders not politicians and you have proven to be a leader. This gift that you’ve given to us, will be very judiciously used and I can assure you that our people are very happy. This incident has made 99 percent of the people of Bayelsa Internally displaced, homes are submerged, roads have collapsed, communication network has ceased, electricity is completely out since all the transformers are under water. The damage that our people have suffered is unimaginable. We are therefore very grateful for this great help that you have offered.”
Both Governors stopped by one of the IDP camps where they addressed the large crowd of people sheltered there.
Gov. Emmanuel was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Commissioners for Health, Housing, Environment and Solid Minerals, Rural Development and Information and Strategy, Prof. Augustine Umoh, Otuekong Raphael Bassey, Sir Charles Udoh, Enobong Mbobo and Comrade Ini Ememobong respectively.