Bayelsa Govt Blamed For Flood Disaster In Yenagoa

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A safe environment advocacy group known as the Environmental Right Action (ERA) yesterday blamed the Bayelsa State government over the flooding of  houses and office complexes in the state capital due to road construction works without Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) .

According to ERA, though the Environmental Impact Assessment Decree No.86 of 1992, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria made provisions for gaps inherent in project design and implementation, the failure of the Bayelsa government to abide by the provisions of the law has led to destruction of private properties and rendered families homeless in the state.

The ERA, in a report released yesterday on the Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] on Road Construction along the Igbogene Community of Yenagoa local government area of the state, stated that the on-going construction of roads along the Igbogene has led to devastating mud slides, erosion and flood.

According to the report signed by the state coordinator of ERA, Comrade Morris Alagoa, all was not well with residents around this section of the road last Saturday, and that people, including children were seen trying to remove sand which flooded their houses.

The report said,”Going inside the building of Henry Adike, rented by Sir Ernest Ezeono, it was observed that the entire living area and store was flooded with sludge and heap of sand covering the entrance. To enter and exit the building was not easy. It appears some sort of digging was done even to allow the iron protector to be opened or closed freely. Household properties such as mattresses [foam] were seen suspended on other items like tables. Truly, the inside environment was not conducive for anyone to sleep in; in the condition it was observed on Saturday.

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