PHOTOS: Smelly Flood Waters Drive Out Bayelsa Lawmakers
The disaster the current flood cases are causing in Nigeria is being under reported.
In Bayelsa, it is increasing every day and now it has reached the home of those who make laws in the state.
It is not just flood they are suffering, but the offensive odour that comes from the knee-deep water that nature has brought to their homes.
The painful part is that the flood occurred overnight.
The House of Assembly Quarters located along Goodnews Street, Azikoro in Yenagoa the capital of the state, is now empty, as lawmakers have taken refuge in different parts of the state capital.
Third term Speaker of the House and also one of the longest tenant in the premises, Konbowei Benson, Chief Whip of the House - Tonye Isenah and several others have all relocated.
Meanwhile, a member of the House representing Ekeremor constituency II, Mr Ball Oyerede, has refused to relocate despite the flood in his compound.
A security guard told Bounce News that “the flood does not respect anyone.
“When they woke up and saw that the compound was flooded, there was confusion within the premises as many law makers and their families panicked.
"Before noon, the compound became almost empty except for some security men instructed to guard the quarters.
He further explained that he also planned to abandon his duty post as a result of the foul smell from the dirty water.
"We will definitely fall sick after inhaling the smell. So, l will leave the gate tonight.
Emma Okoh, a steward attached to one of the lawmakers expressed sadness over the manner his boss and his family hurriedly left the quarters.
"This compound used to be a very busy place.
"Many people come and go especially now that election is few months away.
"From the look of things, it will take about a month for the water to recede.
While the lawmakers are trying to find a place to stay, a trader who sells food stuff opposite the quarters, Madam Cynthia Ekpo, is lamenting low sales.
“The politicians inside the quarters were my customers.
"I hardly make sales now that the flood chased them away,” she said.
Bayelsa Flood issue has chased many people away from their homes, with some taking refuge in schools and church premises.
The Federal government has promised to send them relief materials to cushion their sufferings.
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