By Chirmeka Green, Yenagoa
The head of Environmental Rights Action (ERA), Niger Delta Resource Centre and project officer of ERA, Comrade Alagoa Morris says the restoration government led by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson has not achieved much especially in the area environment as he warned of another impending flood predicted by NIMET.
Comrade Alagoa who stated this during an exclusive interview with Daily Times in Yenagoa, said Bayelsans are suffering from worst pollution occasioned by individuals putting on their generators, adding that Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State which ought to have development, does not have drinking water and electricity, basic amenities.
“As we speak now, people are getting more apprehensive because of the predictions by NIMET of another impending flood. Our communities are being washed away. Just this Ogbogoro here across Yenagoa, Fangbe.; we also have Anibeze community. You go to Peremabiri, Kaiama is also being washed away especially the northern part.
“Just recently, several houses in Odi were washed into the river and then the communities along the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean. From Odiama, Twon Brass, Okpoama, Shangana up to Koloama. Koloama people are crying every day. They have lost hundreds of meters to the Atlantic Ocean.
“Yet, this very big problem which no community can shoulder, government has turned a blind eye to. Yenagoa that we thought is the capital of Bayelsa State that ought to have development, does not have drinking water, we don’t have light.
“We are suffering from worst pollution occasioned by individuals putting on their generators. So we do not have these basic amenities- transport system, bad roads here and there. If Yenagoa, the state capital is not enjoying the dividends of democracy as we ought to in a small state like Bayelsa, then when will we?” he queried.