Govt tasks dredging firm on Yenagoa communities’ erosion crises

Bayelsa State Government has urged the leadership of Nigerian Westminster Dredging and Marine Company Limited to study the erosion situation in Obogoro and Fangbe communities in the state and suggest lasting solutions to the government.

Commissioner for Environment, Mr lselema Gbaranbiri, made the appeal on Friday while playing host to the company in his office in the state Secretariat Complex in Yenagoa, the state capital.

According to the commissioner, the yearly flooding in the state is a natural disaster that has become a major threat to human lives and as a government, it is poised to salvage the area and assist the people to overcome the problem.

The commissioner stated that the Douye Diri administration was passionate about healthy living of Bayelsa people, noting that good health could only be achieved in a serene and sanitised environment.He said the ministry was ready to partner relevant organisations and companies alike to achieve set goals.

To that end, Gbaranbiri directed the company to study and summit a proposal to the ministry on things that needed to be done in Obogoro and Fangbe communities within two weeks.

Mr. Okwara Udensi, who led company’s representatives to the meeting, appreciated the commissioner and the management staff of the ministry for the audience.

Udensi lauded the commissioner for willing to work with the company in the spirit of salvaging the state from the natural challenges.

Udensi, while giving the company’s profile, promised to support and work with the government to bring about lasting solutions to the perenial flooding and erosion as presented by the commissioner for the environment.

The meeting had in attendance, its Permanent Secretary, Mr. Waripamo Martin-Amaitari, Director, Flood and Erosion Control, Mr.Tenemeni Daniel, Director of Forestry, Mr. Festus Egba among others.

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