The former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Thursday, 27 October, visited Otuoke, his community and a few other communities in Bayelsa state to “have an assessment of the impact of the flood.”
The former President said he is touched by the dire situation in some of the affected states, especially his home State Bayelsa where almost all the local government areas are submerged in water.
He said the ravaging flood has led to food scarcity in the affected states.
Jonathan called on all stakeholders to take urgent action in providing support to those affected.
“I sympathize with the victims of this year’s flood across many states of the federation who have lost loved ones and properties worth millions. The worsening humanitarian crisis in the affected states calls for urgent action and collaboration by all stakeholders.
“I am touched by the dire situation in some of the affected states, especially my home State Bayelsa where almost all the local government areas are submerged in water and the East-West Road section leading to the State has become impassable, creating scarcity of food and essential commodities.
“Today, I visited Otuoke, my community and a few other communities in Bayelsa State to have an assessment of the impact of the flood. It is still a depressing situation in many of the affected communities because of the magnitude of the flood and the disruption and destruction it has caused.
“This is a moment of crisis; we need to work in unity to achieve the goal of giving hope and providing succor to all victims.
“I urge all citizens of goodwill and humanitarian agencies to demonstrate solidarity with these victims and provide support to those affected,” he said.