The Bayelsa Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Monday assured that it would continue to participate in disaster management in the ongoing flood across the state.
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sept. 30 said that some 150,000 people have been displayed by the ongoing flood in Bayelsa following rising water levels.
Mr Yakubu Suleiman, Cordinator at NEMA’s Rivers/Bayelsa territory had said in Yenagoa that the agency arrived at the figure after evaluation of the flood situation across the eight council areas.
Mrs Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, State Commandant of NSCDC pledged that the Command would work in collaboration with NEMA to compliment the agency’s disaster response functions.
Abiakam-Omanu gave the assurance when she visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Igbogene-Epie in Yenagoa.
Abiakam-Omanu told the displaced persons that the corps has deployed officers to the IDP camps as part of NSCDC’s role in disaster management.
According to her, the deployment of personnel is to ensure the security of lives and property of those affected by the flood in Bayelsa.
“The role of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC does not stop or start at the safety of the flood victims at the Internally Displaced Person, IDP camp.
“Before the flood started the NSCDC has been sending out warning signals to the people.
“The NSCDC mapped out areas suspected that could be worse hit and carried out sensitization program as part of measures to take proactive steps to get ready for the worst, which is the peak at the moment.
“The NSCDC played significant role in the evacuation of those affected by the flood into the camp and the Corps is also assisting to ensure the security of lives and properties of the flood victims.
“The Corps equally deployed it's officers and men to assist and provide adequate security.
“I will advise you to take heart and not lose hope because what has happened is a natural disaster.
“I will also urge you to be vigilant and keep watch over your belongings in as much as there are security personnel on ground, you should also help in securing your properties and loved ones by being a alert,” Abiakam-Omanu said.
Responding, some of the flood victims thanked the commandant for the visit and called on other critical stakeholders to emulate the NSCDC commandant who showed empathy and identified with them in their time of need.
Josephine Sokeimi, a displaced person appeal to the state government and non-governmental organizations to assist them with food items, mattresses, bed sheets and other amenities at the camp.