The government of Bayelsa state has announced the closure of all schhols in the state. The schools are to be closed indefinitely as a result of rising water levels acroos the state.
In the special announcement by the government, the decision was taken to safeguard the lives of children.
“Due to the rising water levels across the state and the danger it poses to the citizenry, His Excellency Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State has ordered the immediate and indefinite closure of all schools in the state. The decision was taken to safeguard the lives of children and to keep them away from possible that could arise from the flood.
“Government is by this appealing to parents and guardians to accept the decision as it was taken in the interest of all Bayelsans. We want to assure you that, normal academic activities will resume as soon as the situation is brought under control.”
Meanwhile, president Goodluck Jonathan in a broadcast this morning announced the donation of N17.6b to the states affected by the flood.
The flood situation in Nigeria this year is the worst the country has witnessed in decades. Bayelsa state is one of the states that has mostly felt the flood as virtually all the communities along the river bank such as Sagbama, Adagbabiri, Peretorugbene, Agbere, Ofoni, Ayamasa, Sabagriea, Igbedi, Famgbe, Yenaka, Ogu, Fortorugbene, Agbura, Aguadama-Epetiama, Oporoma, Ndoro, Tombia, Peremabiri, Elemebiri, Asamabiri, Angalabiri, Opokuma, Odi, Kaiama, Biseni, Gbarantoru, Tombia Amassoma and Ekeremor among others have been submerged by the flood.