Chairman of Accord Party in Bayelsa State, Mr. Victor Fisi has called on the state government to be proactive in managing the coming floods, following the predictions by both the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
In recent months, NEMA has continuously warned about the impending flood and listed Bayelsa as one of the most volatile states.
In a chat with journalists in Yenagoa, the state capital, Fisi noted that the state cannot afford to be taken unawares, by flood, considering the consequences that would follow if it happens.
He said some areas in the state capital are already experiencing early flooding as a result of the blocked canals and gutters which he said calls for serious concern.
Fisi urged the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment and the Sanitation Authority to act now by way of calling for a critical stakeholders meeting to address the issue of waste dumping along gutters as well as opening the canals in the state.
He said: “I want to say this categorically, what is the Commissioner for Environment and the Chairman of the Sanitation Authority doing? In those days, there was a lot of community cleanup where community chiefs have to come together.
“It is the responsibility of the Commissioner for Environment in collaboration with the Chairman of Sanitation Authority to call for a stakeholders meeting, they can go back and tell their people that nobody should dump refuse in the drainages.
“Most of our drainages have been blocked, when there is heavy rainfall many areas in Yenagoa are flooded because there are no proper drainages”.
In another development, Victor Fisi also commended local government councils which have so far expressed transparency before their people and called on others who are yet to give their scorecards to do so.
The Accord Party chairman also called on the local government chairmen to carry out legacy projects before exiting office.
He particularly called on the Yenagoa Council Chairman to ensure the timely reconstruction of the building that was razed by fire as well as the completion of all the projects within the council and the local government by extension.
He said: “The local government councils have served for two years now, many people came out to give their scorecard. I am aware that some chairmen have also come out to give their scorecard.
“I am from Yenagoa Local Government Area, precisely Ward 14, precisely Okordia, I’m aware that there is a project going on within the secretariat, the Chairman should make sure that he completes that project.
“There was also a fire outbreak within the council the chairman should also make sure that they complete that project before his tenure lapses and that there are other meaningful projects in the council”, he said.