Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State Government has appealed to the Federal Government to fast-track the delivery of ‘flood shelters’ it promised in the wake of the 2012 floods that devastated the state.
The government said the appeal followed the warning that the state might be prone to floods in 2017.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.), who represented Governor Seriake Dickson, made the appeal on Monday at an event to mark the 2017 World Environment Day in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Jonah noted that the state was grappling with several environmental challenges including landslide, oil spills, marine erosion, flash flooding which were beyond the capacity of the state to deal with.
He noted that the state was pleased with the Federal Government’s plan to establish modular refineries in the Niger Delta region as it would eliminate the pollution caused by illegal refineries with adverse consequences on the environment.
The Bayelsa State Government shifted the commemoration of the 2017 World Environment Day from June 5 to June 19, 2017.
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