Disaster: Reps warns FG against tidal wave disaster in Niger Delta

OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has risen the alarm over a possible tidal wave disaster that will affect communities in Bayelsa State.

To forestall this disaster, the House urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Ecological Fund Office (EFO), the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and Federal Ministries of Environment and Power, Works and Housing to immediately dispatch a team of Experts to Agge Community to study, evaluate and develop an immediate emergency remediation plan.

The House also asked the afore mentioned agencies to maintain a presence in the community until the danger is averted or evacuate the people to a new location.

The decision followed the adoption of a motion by Fred Agbedi (PDP, Bayelsa), entitled: Need for immediate intervention to prevent the imminent annihilation of Agge Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State by Ocean surge and erosion.

While moving the motion, he noted that “Agge Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State is an ancient community situated at the tip of the Ramos River estuary, opening into the Atlantic Ocean.

“The community has had some manageable level of tidal impact leading to slight erosion in the past, the situation has gravely worsened recently as the original community and two-thirds of the hinterland new settlements created by the inhabitants through dredging and reclamation have been lost to ocean surge and erosion.”

Agbedi lamented that many of the inhabitants of the community have relocated to nearby communities or fishing settlements, consequently compromising their livelihood and even the education of their children as some of such settlements have no schools.

He raised concerns on the aged who cannot move and have resolved to stay behind, living in fear of not knowing if the next surge will claim their houses or lives.

He thereby called on the Federal Government to direct all relevant agencies to intervene before the “community is annihilated.”

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