Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has given an order that all schools in the state be closed due to incessant rainfall, leading to excessive flood water that had taken over homes, schools and farmlands.
Oyogist.com learned that the Governor made this known during a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah.
Governor Diri said the decision was taken to avert further danger to lives and it would take effect starting today.
The governor, who lamented the devastating effect of the flooding on the people and communities, said his administration would not abandon them at their time of need.
“Due to the devastating effect of the flooding that I have seen, I hereby direct the Commissioner for Education to immediately shut down all secondary and primary schools pending when the floods would abate. We do not want to lose lives and we do not want reptiles to cause injuries to our wards.
“Painfully, we have to take this decision because the schools were just resuming from COVID-19 closure and here we have another natural challenge arising from flooding.
“I will continue with this visit to empathise and sympathise with our brothers and sisters. Let me assure all of them that as a state we are with them.”
Diri asked all federal agencies, particularly the National Emergency Management Agency to intervene for the people of the state.