Recent notice by the Nigerian Space Research Development Agency, NASRDA, of probable earthquake in five states among them Bayelsa, has stepped up fears in the largely riverine Ijaw-speaking state, Vanguard reports.
Earth tremor had been recorded at different times in the last four years around the Biseni and Igbogene axis of Yenagoa local government area of the state and border communities of Ahoada West local government area in Rivers state, causing cracks to buildings and traumatizing the helpless natives.
Concerned stakeholders under the aegis of Ijaw Professionals Association, IPA, Homeland Chapter, Iniruo Wills, last weekend, in Yenagoa called on Bayelsa and Federal Governments not to ignore the ongoing ecological emergencies and humanitarian crises threatening the continued existence of hundreds of communities in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta state.
“The development is adding a new and troubling dimension to the mortal cocktail of environmental hazards faced by the Ijaws and the Niger Delta peoples.”
“The authorities should direct and adequately fund the Nigerian Geological Surveys Agency to commission or conduct in consultation with concerned state governments a thorough study to monitor and predict earthquake flash points and adequately prepare to avert or deal with any event or risk of earthquakes and tremors, to avoid the national threat and shame of being caught napping as with the recurrent flood disasters,” he said.