Bayelsa governor orders closure of schools over massive flood


By:Bamidele Fashube

Following the havoc caused by flooding in Bayelsa, the State’s Governor, Douye Diri, effective Monday, ordered the immediate closure of all primary and secondary schools.

He gave the directive in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, stating that the decision was taken to avert further danger to lives.

Diri gave the directive after leading a team of his cabinet members and other government officials on an on-the-spot assessment of some of the flooded communities in the Yenagoa and Southern Ijaw local government areas of the state on Saturday.

According to him, the directive will last until the flood subsides.

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The governor, who lamented the devastating effect of the flood on the people and the communities, said palliatives would be sent to victims of the disaster as a temporary measure.

His words:“Due to the devastating effect of the flood that I have seen, I hereby direct the Commissioner for Education to immediately shut down all secondary and primary schools pending when the flood will abate. We do not want to lose lives and we do not want reptiles to cause injuries to our wards.

“Painfully, we have to take this decision, because the schools were just resuming from the COVID-19 closure and here we have another natural challenge arising from flooding.

“I will continue with this visit to empathise and sympathise with our brothers and sisters. Let me assure all of them that as a state we are with them.”

He also called on federal agencies, particularly the National Emergency Management Agency,(NEMA)to come to the aid of the government and people of the State.

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