Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on Monday directed officials of the State Emergency Management Agency to commence the immediate distribution of foodstuff in its warehouse.
He told journalists after inspecting the SEMA warehouse at Igbogene that the distribution was to cushion the effects of measures taken by the state government over the coronavirus pandemic on people of the state.
Diri stressed the need for equitable distribution of the items to all the local government areas of the state.
He urged the people not to despair in the face of the COVID-19 scourge as his administration would continue to do everything within its reach to assuage their suffering.
While thanking the Federal Government for its relief donations in the past, he called on the National Emergency Management Agency to support state governments in addressing the challenges associated with the pandemic.
The governor, who was accompanied by his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, on the inspection, also commended Prof. Tarilah Tebepah for his show of patriotism by donating his personal property to warehouse the items for the state.
He said, “I’m happy you said in your briefing that you have got clearance from Abuja to distribute the items you have in this facility, which was benevolently donated to the state by one of our elder Statesmen, Professor Tarilah Tebepah.
“We thank him for warehousing the items for us and the National Emergency Management Agency for listening to the pleas and yearnings of the state. We appreciate what we have seen here.