Flood: Reps caucus ask Buhari to declare state of emergency in Bayelsa
The Bayelsa House of Representatives caucus in the National Assembly has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state amid the ongoing flood.
Fred Agbedi, leader of the caucus who led other four members, said this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja, sequel to the devastation caused by the flood.
“It is our additional call, therefore, on Mr President to declare a state of emergency in Bayelsa state,” he said.
He said the caucus was aware of the numerous challenges the flood had thrown up and the need for timely intervention.
“Guided by the untold suffering this has spelt on our people, we hereby empathise with all victims across the state, assuring that as representatives of the people, we are in unison.”
He said the caucus was working assiduously in partnership with relevant ministries, departments and agencies of government to bring succour to the affected populace.
Mr Agbedi said the Bayelsa caucus expressed solidarity with Governor Douye Diri and the government of Bayelsa State.
“We are also grateful to the President for expressing concern at the devastation caused by the floods, particularly in Bayelsa State, condoling with families that have lost lives,” he said.
He called for intervention from the National Emergency Management Agency, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management.
The caucus called on the Bayelsa people to be more united and cooperate with all intervention measures taken by the state and federal governments.
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