Unicef To Assist Bayelsa Flood Victims


The United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as part of its contribution in the management of the after effect of the flood that had ravaged a better apart of Bayelsa State, has promised to Partner the state Post Flood Management committee in the rehabilitation and resettlement of persons who were affected by the flood, given the enormity of its devastating impact.

The  international agency which has consistently partnered the state in other areas gave the assurance  when a three man delegation comprising  Mr Oscar Butragueno, Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Programme UNICEF New York, Andriel Berther, Education Specialist regional office Senegal and Mrs Maureen Zubie-Okolo PMA  Specialist Enugu office, paid a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Bayelsa State  Government  (SSG),Professor  Edmund Allison Oguru in his office in Yenagoa.

The leader of the delegation, Mr Butragueno, disclosed that  the mission of the team to the state was to enable them have  first hand information on the plight of the people  and also see areas where they can collaborate with the state Post Flood Management committee.

He explained that when the Committee finalised its post flood impact assessment with a verifiable data to work with the organisation would follow up on it by networking with other donor agencies to assist in the post flood intervention.

According to him the template from the assessment would give the agencies the proper perspectives as they were mostly concerned about the state of educational facilities, safe drinking water, agriculture and health  conditions of the people.

The Secretary to Bayelsa State, Professor Edmund Allison Oguru, earlier told the UNICEF team that the state had faced a lot of challenges during and after the flood and expressed appreciation to the agency for indentifying with the plight of the state.

Professor Oguru had lamented that the people of the state did not anticipate the extent of devastation and had not experienced a flood  of that magnitude in recent time.

He called on specialised agencies  to extend their expertise to the state by  giving necessary support to the  post flood management committee in their effort to rehabilitate the flood victims.

The SSG also used the opportunity to call on other donor agencies and corporate organisation to come to the aid of the state as the challenges posed by the flood was beyond the capacity of the state.

While in the state the UNICEF team accompanied by Mr Iniruo Wills,the secretary of the Post Flood Management committee alongside other members  visited some of the most affected communities at Biseni in Yenagoa local government area and Sampou in Kolokuma/Opukuma council area of the state.

Meanwhile, the post flood committee has suffered a major setback in its efforts folloing the sudden death of its chairman General Owei Azazi in a Helicopter crash last week.