Flood: volunteer shares experience in Bayelsa, urges citizens to vote right leaders

Yenagoa—The now receding flood that ravaged Bayelsa State and some parts of the country came with so many uncertainties.

While some residents made ample preparation it, others were caught unprepared.

Miss Bio-Ibogomo Ayebanumomoipre, a graduate of Environmental Science and Resource Management from the University of Calabar, Cross River State, in this interview with our reporter shared her experience volunteering to cater for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the state.

Bio-Ibogomo, who loves to be called Numopositive, highlighted her passion for community growth and advancement, hinting that she volunteered for organizations like Creative Xpressions International (organizers of Spelling Bee Bayelsa) & Gold Coast Developmental Foundation.

According to her, “I volunteered for both organizations to reach out to victims of the flood.

“Gold Coast Developmental Foundation set up a temporary shelter for children and nursing mothers. And during their stay, they organized a medical outreach for them.

“I joined the team to assist with the medical outreach. Medical doctors, lab scientists and nurses were available and medications were given out.

“Creative Xpressions Int’l through Spelling Bee Bayelsa equally reached out to friends and well-meaning Nigerians both within and outside Bayelsa state about the flood disaster. Donations were made, in cash and kind, particularly in the area of food supplies.

“We bought sachets of water, garri, cartons of noodles, sanitary pads, clean agents, etc. We gave these out to several IDP camps, especially those that got minimum or no attention at all from the government.

“I also worked with a friend named Chris Wonder. He’s a documentary photographer and filmmaker. We got donations from friends and kindhearted Nigerians which we used to buy food items and water for IDPs.”
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She averred that even though the government intervention was delayed, “I think the state government did the best it could at the time. I know they could have done better given that we had been warned about the floods.”

Bio-Ibogomo admonished the Douye Diri-led government to provide a good drainage system in Yenagoa as well as build emergency IDP camps across the eight local government areas.

“I do not know for a fact, but I want to believe there’s a town planning map for the state. And there are areas mapped out for drainages, but you see people building on such places.

“These are flood-prone environments, there’s no way such an environment will escape the flood when it comes,” she said.

While urging the citizenry to consider moving the state forward by choosing the right leaders, Bio-Ibogomo beckoned on Bayelsans not to relent in getting their PVCs to site the right people into office.

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