Flooding: Reps ask for completion of shoreline protection project in Bayelsa 


The House of Representatives has asked for the prioritisation and completion of the Amassoma Community Shoreline Protection Project in Southern Ijaw area of Bayelsa state.

The area was heavily hit by flood in the recent past years.

The House in a reaolution Tuesday urged the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to re-mobilise the contractor to site and engage competent consultants to supervise the project and ensure that the it is executed diligently to completion before September 2024 when the next rainy season is expected to begin.

It also urged the NDDC to assess the Amassoma community Shoreline Project to ascertain the extent of work done by the numerous contractors since the Project was first awarded till date, as it mandate its Committee on the NDDC to liaise with the Commission and investigate the mismanagement of a critical intervention project with a view to holding previous companies accountable for public funds wastage.

Presenting the motion, Hon. Ambaiowei Rodney Ebikebina, recalled that between August and November when water levels rose due to the opening of dams in the Republic of Cameroun and heavy rainfall in the country, Southern Ijaw and most parts of the country experienced flooding annually, posing significant challenges in riverine areas.

“Given the devastating consequences of the flood, experts have recommended the construction of a dyke to protect coastline and riverine communities”, he said.