Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri has directed the immediate closure of all Primary and Secondary schools across the state taking effects from Monday to avert further danger to lives due to the ravaging effect of floods.
He gave the directive after leading a team of his cabinet members and other government officials on an on-the-spot visit to some of the flooded communities in Yenagoa and Southern Ijaw Local Government Areas.
Governor Diri called on federal agencies, particularly the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to come to the aid of the government and people of the state.
He equally directed the Vice-Chancellor of the Niger Delta University to immediately explore and ensure that a department is created for Erosion Control in the institution.
In separate interviews with newsmen, the Amananaowei of Amasoma Community, Chief Graham Naingba, and the Ebenibe of Epie Kingdom, King Malla Sasime, thanked the governor for his concern towards the plight of the people, calling on the Federal Government to join efforts with the State Government to address the challenges associated with the flood.
Areas visited by the governor included the Niger Delta University Amassoma, Agudama—Ekpetiama, and Igbogene communities as well as some other parts of the state capital.