The vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has assured victims of the recent flood in Rivers and Bayelsa States as well as other communities in the country of a more lasting solution to the problem across the country.
Osinbajo gave the assurance on yesterday during a tour of some communities submerged by flood in Bayelsa and Rivers states.
The vice president who was flown over the affected communities in the two state said government will find a permanent solution.
“While the federal government and the state governments work together to ensure that we dredge, clear the waterways, and we build the canals that are necessary, it is important also for us who live within the environment to ensure that we don’t block the drainages, estuaries and we don’t block the waterways so that there will be no flooding.
“We are committed to seeing that you are appropriately and well cared for in whatever way that is possible.
“So many have lost farmlands and means of livelihood, so we have to assist in providing some means of resettlement, and that is one of the pledges that we are going to make today, that we will support the state government, and we will support all of you in the resettlement effort, because that is also more important. You are staying here but it is more important that you are resettled properly.”
“It is not a favour that we take care of the people, it is the duty of every government to take care of the people. That’s why am here with the minister of environment and the director general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to take a look, by ourselves, to see and to experience firsthand what is going on here so that we can understand the type of response and the quality of response that is required,” he said.
While commending the state governments and the relevant agencies for the prompt action and efforts at rehabilitating the people in the IDP camps across the states, Osinbajo assured that the federal government will provide support in whatever way so as to give succour to the people in the camps.
“What we are trying to do is to support as much as possible, with NEMA. As you have heard, NEMA is already here on ground and they are working very hard with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to ensure that we are able to give both succour and comfort as possible. And that will involve provision of food, tents, mosquito nets,” he said.
The vice president said he was in the states on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari stressing that the most important aspect of the management was how to resettle the people after the water recedes as well as make adequate plans to assist the victims.
At the IDP camp at St John Catholic Church, Igbogene, Osinbajo thanked the Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Ogbelema, Vicar General of the Diocese, for the church’s efforts in assisting the flood victims.
“This is a wonderful thing you have done, I think that you have shown what it is that we as Christian leaders must do, which is to take care of those who need care,” he said.
The vice president commended the people for their strong spirit and steadfastness, noting that despite their predicament and suffering due to the flood, they are not broken and have not given up on government.
Earlier, the governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, thanked the vice president for finding time despite his very tight schedule to visit Bayelsa and see the condition of the IDPs and the level of devastation.
Aside from Igbogene and other communities in Bayelsa State, the vice president visited IDPs in Mbiama and Akinima camps, all in Ahoada west local government area of Rivers State.