The Bayelsa State Government has taken steps to clear blocked drainages following days of torrential rainfall which resulted in massive flooding of most areas in the state capital, Yenagoa and its environs.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Iselema Gbaranbiri in company with his Works and Infrastructure counterpart, Moses Teibowei, assured residents that the administration of Governor Douye Diri shall act swiftly to mitigate the floods.
The Commissioners gave the assurance when they embarked on an inspection tour of some areas in the state capital to see first hand the cause of the flooding.
Accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Waripamo Martins-Amatari, they identified blocked canals and culverts as the major cause of the flooding of the metropolis.
Hon. Iselema Gbaranbiri frowned at illegal structures built on some water channels which has hindered the free flow of water and has contributed immensely to the flashflood, saying those structures have to give way to open up the blocked places.
According to him, the prosperity government will swiftly act within its mandate to mitigate the impact on the people and also call on Bayelsans to always know that the efforts of government can make meaning if they play complementary roles.
Some of the areas visited are Azikoro, Opolo roadabout, Bayelsa Palm road, Bayelsa Gardens and Assembly quarter, all in the state capital.
An Environmental Rights Activist, Comrade Morris Alagoa had in an interview suggested a way out of the flooding in the state by calling on land owners and developers to create spaces for drainages and walkways when developing their plots of land.
According to him, it will go a long way in easing the problem of flooding in the state capital considering the environmental challenges the state has to contend with.
“Government should also support and show examples that others would emulate, so developers who have money, who also want to build estates, landlords, and community people will also take a cue.
“It is for the good of all of us if we plan and communities provide space so that in case they want to build it will turn out well”.