Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has directed the closure of primary and secondary schools across the state, following the devastation caused by flood.
A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the directive would take effect from today.
Diri said the decision was taken to avert further danger to lives.
He gave the directive after leading a team of his executive council (exco) members and other government officials on an on-the-spot visit to some of the flooded communities in Yenagoa and Southern Ijaw local governments last Saturday.
He is expected to visit other affected councils.
The governor, who lamented the devastating effect of the flood on the people and communities, said his administration would not abandon them “at this time of need.”
He said as a concerned government, palliatives would be sent to the victims as a temporary measure.
“Due to the devastating effect of the flooding that I have seen, I hereby direct the Education commissioner to shut down primary and secondary schools pending when the flood will abate. We don’t want to lose lives and we don’t want reptiles to cause injuries to our children and wards.
“Painfully, we have to take this decision because the schools were just resuming from COVID-19 closure and here we have another natural challenge arising from flooding.
“I will continue with this visit to sympathise with our brothers and sisters. Let me assure them that as a state we are with them.”
Diri also called on federal agencies, particularly the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to come to the aid of the government and people.
“We also appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to assist us, particularly with respect to the ecological fund and other funds available to ensure that our people are not neglected.”