… flood submerges Otuoke-Onuebum Road in Bayelsa
A flood victim at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Ogbe-Affor Primary School, Asaba, Delta State, Mrs. Chidinma Ismaila, has given birth to a bouncing baby girl. She was among the 780 victims that were visited by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, during the Federal Government’s ‘on-the-spot’ assessment of flooded areas in Anambra and Delta states on Thursday. The Vice-President had not gotten to Abuja after departing Asaba when the woman was moved to the labour room and she delivered safely. Prior to the delivery, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s Chairman at the Primary Healthcare Development Agency (DSPHDA), Dr. Isioma Okobah, had assured victims that the clinics at the camp had been well-equipped and provided with suitable drugs, and ambulances in case of referrals. The victim appreciated God that he did not go through surgical operation, despite her traumatic state occasioned by the flood.
She also commended the state government and the Executive Assistant to Okowa on e-health and other related matters Okobah, for their prompt response to her delivery. On what names would she give the baby girl, the lucky woman who burst into laughter, simply said “the Lord provides”, which she interpreted to be “Gift.” Meanwhile, Otuoke-Onuebum Road in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has been taken over by flood, as vehicles now pass through Elebele Road, a longer distance, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports that Otuoke is the home town of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
A staff of the Federal University Otuoke (FUO), Mr Clever Ogbodi, told NAN in Otuoke on Friday that passengers were paying N400 instead of N250 from Otuoke to Yenagoa. Ogbogi appealed to the Bayelsa government to come to the aid of the community for the sake of FUO students, who are directly affected. “This was how it happened in October 2012 when flood took over the whole community; Up till now, there is no proper preventive measure put in place by government. “We are expecting the government to come up with necessary measures to mitigate future occurrence, but it is a matter of regret that such measures are not in place. “I am calling on all relevant authorities to look into the matter because we cannot be experiencing this terrible situation every year,” he said. Also commenting, Mr Azibator Omonibo, a passenger, wondered why the situation remained the same even after the intervention funds given to the state in 2012 to tackle it.
Omonibo expressed concern over the suffering of the people and urged the government to live up to its responsibility of preventing flooding and rehabilitate the road. A taxi driver plying the road, Mr Kalawole Adebutu, said that the road was already in a bad shape before the flooding. He appealed to the Federal Government to assist the people of Bayelsa as the state government is unable to find a lasting solution to the problem. Adebutu said the youth in the community were the ones sandfilling the road, adding that commercial drivers were paying them from their little profit.
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