Bayelsa - Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has inaugurated a post-flood Management Committee with a mandate to mobilise all available resources toward the rehabilitation of flood victims.
At a brief ceremony on Thursday in Yenagoa, Dickson charged the committee to double efforts at rebuilding the critical infrastructure destroyed by the flood.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee, chaired by a former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi (Rtd), was also asked to solicit support from within and outside the state.
Dickson said that 90 per cent of the state’s critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges were ravaged by the flood.
The governor, who appealed to public-spirited individuals and organisations for more support, assured that the State Government would make judicious use of whatever assistance that comes its way.
He commended the Deputy Governor, Chief John Jonah, and members of the erstwhile State Emergency Response Management Committee, for handling the flood crisis.
Dickson explained that the post-flood committee was constituted to temporarily free government officials from active involvement in the flood management process so that they could attend to their normal duties.
He also lauded the people and security agencies for their support and show of understanding throughout the period of the flood disaster that swept almost all communities in the state.
Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Azazi expressed appreciation to Dickson for the confidence reposed in them.
Azazi, who described the task ahead of them as herculean, however, pledged the committee’s determination to work diligently to achieve the set goals.
The event witnessed the presentation of the N500 million draft from Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga, to the committee.