Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has ordered the immediate suspension of his Senior Special Assistant on Non-Indigenes, Mr. Chinedu Ubah over his alleged involvement in the creation of a separate relief camp for non-indigenes displaced by flood in the state.
According to reports, the governor decided to wield the big stick following the series of complaints and confusion caused by the creation of the camp. Dickson warn managers of relief camps against sharp practices.
A panel headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Edmund Allison-Oguru has been constituted to investigate the issues and the role played by Mr. Ubah in the relief camp saga.
According to a government special announcement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the Senior Special Assistant on Security to the Governor, Mr. Boma Sperrow-Jack, is to serve as Secretary of the panel.
The government has therefore indicated its preparedness to deal decisively with managers of relief camps who are bent on taking advantage of the flood disaster to amass wealth to the detriment of the victims of the flood in the state.
Governor Dickson when he visited all the major relief camps in Yenagoa to ascertain how the victims were faring, patiently listened to the complaints of the people, also warned miscreants to steer clear from the camps, stressing that marching orders have been issued to security agencies to apprehend and prosecute hoodlums who want to take advantage of the emergency situation to forment trouble.
Dickson said his administration was not interested in sharing money to any person after the flood must have receded noting that government post flood plans for the people is geared towards helping them to go back to their various means of livelihood.
“Don’t expect to make money during this crisis, government will not share money after the flood as people will expect and nobody is expected to make gains or engage in business to make money.”
“The role of government,” according to him, “is to work with the various government agencies and other well-meaning organizations to support the people during “this trying period.”
On the numerous challenges faced by the victims, the governor re-assured them of his administration readiness to ameliorate their sufferings through various policies that will be put in place.
Describing flood as a global phenomenon, the governor disclosed that, aside Bayelsa State, other states of the federation were affected, describing flood as not man-made but a natural disaster that can affect any part of the world.
He therefore enjoined the victims to be contented with the little food and relief materials provided in the camps, stressing that the Government is more concerned about averting any possible outbreak of diseases in the camps.