Yenagoa—As the ravaging flood continues to displace thousands of Bayelsa residents, a strategic communications expert, Mr. Perry Tukuwei has suggested ways on how the Douye Diri-led government and other stakeholders can help salvage the situation and help victims of the flood.
In a statement sent to Mangrovepen.ng, Tukuwei bemoaned how the flood has displaced several residents leading to an increase in the price of commodities, fuel scarcity and other negative occurrences.
Tukuwei who maintained that the state government did not take advantage of the early warning signs that relevant authorities put forward, urged the government’s communications team to collate the visuals of the flooded areas as well as edit and package them in short videos.
His words, “I suggest that a strategic communications team be set up specifically for this purpose. Members of this committee should transcend political affiliations.
“It should be made up of Bayelsans who have extensive networks and experience in the media and communications space in the country and beyond.
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“Banking on vast networks, Governor Diri should be on every cable network in the coming weeks locally and globally. With technology now in place, he can make this happen from his office in creek haven.
“As the virtual engagements are on air, visuals of these flooded areas are aired while calling on the attention of the global community to our aid. AIT, Channels, Arise, BBC, CNN, influential podcasts and high-level Twitter space conversations.”
He urged Governor Douye Diri to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock Villa on Monday and present a dossier of the flooded areas and intervention mechanisms put together by the strategic communications team.
“With extensive contacts, the Governor should knock on the doors of international non-governmental organizations. A lot of them have funds for emergency disasters like this,” he suggested.