Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State on Monday, directed officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to start immediate distribution of foodstuff already stocked for the people
In a briefing with the Pressmen after inspecting the SEMA warehouse at Igbogene, Diri said the distribution was to cushion the effects of measures taken by the state government over the CoroVirus pandemic on people of the state.
A statement by his Acting Chief Press Secretary,
Mr Daniel Alabrah, the Acting Chief Press Secretary to the Governor was quoted as saying Governor Diri emphasised the need for equitable distribution of the items to all the local government areas of the state.
The Governor urged the people not to despair in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic on the grounds that the government would do everything humanly possible to assuage their worries.
The Governor accompanied during the inspection by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to support the state governments in addressing the challenges associated with the Corona Virus pandemic.
Senator Diri commended Professor Tarila Tebepah for his show of patriotism by donating his personal property to be used by the state as warehouse for the relief items.
“But like Oliver Twist, we ask that they see and respond to COVID-19 as another emergency by complementing efforts to alleviate the suffering of our people, probably across all the states in the country.”
In his speech, chairman of the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Zedekiah Izu, explained that the items were donated to the state by its national counterpart in respect of the 2019 flood disaster.
He disclosed after repeated efforts, his agency succeeded in securing clearance for distribution of the items from Abuja only recently after the intervention of the state governor.
According to the SEMA chairman, various food items including several thousands of bags of garri, guinea corn and sorghum were available for distribution.