By Isaac Money, Yenagoa
Disturbed by the extent of erosion effecting riverine Communities in the state, the Bayelsa state government has called on the Federal Government to look into the magnitude of erosion ravaging most riverine Communities in the state.
Mr. Esau Duabo Andrew, the Bayelsa state Commissioner for Land, Housing and Urban Development who made the call shortly after members of the group, ” Save Obogoro Community from Erosion” paid him a courtesy call in his office in Yeangoa noted that the magnitude of erosion bedevilling the state cannot be imagined.
The Commissioner noted that the situation spurred governor Douye Diri to swing into action since he came on board as governor, stressing that the governor matched words with action by carrying out several studies on Obogoro Community a major erosion impacted community in Yenagoa suburb.
“Dredging and pilling will surely take place soon in Obogoro Community
” Several environmental impact and visibility studies are going on there and that is the governor’s immediate statement on it” disclosed the Commissioner who added that governor Diri is concerned about the massive erosion that is ravaging Obogoro community .
This , according to him led the state government’s immediate partnership with a company to quickly take some remedial measures.
Mr. Andrew described governor Diri as a miracle governor that is out to give Bayelsans succour, saying the governor’s concern on the Obogoro erosion menace had led to immediate action as he came on board .
” He is a miracle governor, he’s here to give Bayelsans succour . He is divinely installed” the Commissioner added and appealed to residents of Obogoro Community that is fast being eroded by erosion to exercise some patience as government is not relenting on its efforts to finding lasting solution to the menace.
Within a short period Obogoro community has lost several buildings including primary and secondary schools to the erosion that is ravaging the community like a wild fire in the Hamadan season.
In the last eight years of immediate past government of Seriake Dickson, the inhabitants and the group ” Save Obogoro Community from Erosion” had cried out in vain.
A community folk who pleaded not to be named disclosed that all efforts by Community Development Committee (CDC) members of the community to persuade the outgone administration of Dickson to do something about it met a stone wall. ” Governor Douye’s coming as governor may be a blessing to our community. Hence he’s so concerned and has commenced moves