A former Security Adviser in Bayelsa State, Chief Perekeme Kpodoh, has referred to as on the state Governor, Senator Douye Diri, to deploy ecological funds that accrued to the state to help victims of the continuing flood catastrophe within the state.
In a press release despatched to DAILY POST on Thursday in Yenagoa, the state capital, Kpodoh stated it was time for Diri to utilise the billions he had collected as ecological funds to mitigate the harm carried out by the flood and to sufficiently ameliorate the struggling of the individuals.
He described as unacceptable the repeated name by Diri for the federal authorities’s help, saying the governor ought to first present capability with sources inside his disposal.
He stated: “People ought to maintain governor Douye Diri accountable and compel him to account for all the cash he had acquired as far as ecological funds. Such cash is supposed for a time like this. It is just not ample to be crying foul and searching for exterior help. What have you ever carried out with the sources accessible to you?
“Diri’s intervention was first belated and inadequate. There have been warnings that Bayelsa and another states could be flooded. But the governor went about his enterprise with out making provisions to mitigate the floods.
“Nothing was carried out. All the drains weren’t cleared. People weren’t sensitised and ready to face the catastrophe. No larger grounds have been constructed. We noticed how the Kaduna State Government ready its residents earlier than the floods.
“We also saw how the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, immediately set up a taskforce and released N1bn for only four local government areas affected by the flood. But the Bayelsa State Governor waited until the floods overtook the entire state killing helpless people before he released paltry N450m for relief materials”.
Kpodoh complained that the governor embarrassed Bayelsa following a viral video of individuals he despatched to distribute reduction supplies, shelling out one cup every of rice, beans and garri to the struggling and traumatised flood victims.
“We saw that video and we were embarrassed. It was unimaginable that an oil-rich state like Bayelsa would deepen the pains of its traumatised citizens in the time of disaster”, he stated.
Kpodoh stated Diri’s capability in governance had been examined by the flood catastrophe however regretted that the governor had failed woefully by enjoying to the gallery and presenting himself to the world as a helpless weeping youngster.
He stated the governor, via his poor management model, bungled an important alternative offered by the flood to redeem his picture and suggested him to bury any considered searching for reelection.
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Author: Akam James