Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has assured the people of Adagbabiri community in Sagbama Local Government Area of the present administration’s support to tackle some challenges confronting them.
Speaking in his office in Government House, Yenagoa, when he played host to a delegation of the community, he remarked that government is aware of the challenges facing Adagbabiri and other communities in the state, and is determined to make a difference within the limits of available resources.
In a Press Release by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Doubara Atasi, the Deputy Governor, however, urged the Adagbabiri people to continually cooperate with the government in the efforts towards addressing their needs.
On their request for potable drinking water and measures to check the regular flooding of the community, Senator Ewhrudjakpo stated that the government would deploy a team of experts to study the area and take appropriate action to tackle the problem.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo lauded the Adagbabiri community for supporting him when he contested for the Senate in 2019 against their own biological son, saying he will ever remain grateful to them.
His words: “In a very rare situation when I was contesting election against your own son, you people adopted me as your son and in the midst of the contest, gave me a chieftaincy title, which is the only chieftaincy title I seem to have recognized”.
“We are going to act out of our substance, not out of our abundance because we have become part and parcel of Adagbabiri community. You have raised a few issues here, precisely the issue of potable water in the community. We need to look at how best to go about it.
“On the issue of flooding, we will ask the appropriate staff in the Ministry of Works to come down and look at the best way to go about it. We need to tackle some of these problems to avoid water-borne diseases in our communities.
Earlier, the Amadowei of Adagbabiri Community, His Royal Highness, Chief Harold Diffa, who spoke through Mr. Alfred Egbegi congratulated Governor Douye Diri and Senator Ewhrudjakpo on their emergence as governor and deputy governor of the state.
He also thanked God for their numerous victories at the courts and prayed for enabling grace for them to make a positive impact on the state.
Chief Diffa, however, appealed to the state government to consider Adagbabiri sons and daughters for an appointment, provide potable drinking water and help to solve the annual flooding problem of the community.
The highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a certificate of chieftaincy to the Deputy Governor by the Amadaowei of Adagbabiri community and other souvenirs by the state Women Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dame Christie Ebbelli.