BAYELSA RECRUITS OVER 1000 YOUTHS INTO STATE VOLUNTEERS; TO COMPLEMENT SECURITY AGENCIES IN CURBING CRIME, OIL THEFT, SECURITY BREACHES IN COMMUNITIES.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (2nd L), his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (Rtd) (L), SSG, Bayelsa State, Prof. Edmond Allison Oguru (2nd R), and the State Chairman, PDP, Col. Sam Inokoba (Rtd), discussing, shortly before the inauguration of the Bayelsa Volunteers, in furtherance of peace and security in the state, at the Exco Chambers, Banquet hall, Government House, Yenagoa.
Governor Seriake Dickson on Monday inaugurated a state security outfit code named Bayelsa State Volunteers with a membership of 1000 youths to complement the efforts of other security outfits in reducing crimes and other related vices to the barest minimum.
The membership drawn from the eight local government areas are to engage in community based intelligence gathering.
In his charge, Governor Dickson enjoined them to work closely with the constituted authorities in their communities to forestall any security breach.
His words: “I want to specifically charge you all, because of the times we are living in. You have to be, particularly watchful and make sure that people do not use you to do things that you are not meant to do.
“You are to mobilize support for the government and work with the security agencies; you are to work with all constituted authorities in your communities. Where you suspect any imminent breach of the peace, you are to alert the agencies and that is why your overall coordinator is a Police officer.
“You are also going to support the great work the state is doing and ensure that the youths in this state are better informed about what we are doing. That is very important, because when they want to create confusion, they just spread false stories.
According to him, the volunteers and their coordinators are expected to engage in community based intelligence gathering to aid the other state security agencies in stemming criminal acts, such as crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and piracy on the waterways.
“In this state, we do not want to see cultism again that will make young people to be killing themselves on the streets of Yenagoa. Our policy of zero tolerance to criminality, violence and cultism stays.
Governor Dickson, who noted that the administration’s policy on zero tolerance was still in place, cautioned that, government would not condone acts capable of causing disaffection among the people and destabilizing the state.
He further advised the youths not to allow themselves to be used to foment trouble, emphasizing that, government would take appropriate action to bring the full weight of the law to bear on them.
“Let me make this clear that anybody, who wants to use the youths of this state to foment crisis, whether it is by way of mindless killing or it is an attempt to use youths to create crises; or mindless action that is aimed at destabilizing this state and returning it back to those old dark days, I have the mandate, duty and authority to ensure that appropriate measures are taken in accordance with the law.”
Governor Dickson noted that additional 100 graduate youths would be recruited to support the efforts of the state volunteers.
In his acceptance speech, the state coordinator of the volunteers, Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr. Emmanuel Asufi assured the government of their readiness to work towards actualizing the objectives assigned them.
Photo: Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State (2nd L), flanked by the State Co-ordinator, Bayelsa Volunteers, CSP Asufi Idowu (2nd R), and the State Secretary, Hon. Enekiyor Bonny-Ayah (L). With them are other members of the Bayelsa State Volunteers’ Management team, shortly after the formal inauguration of the security support outfit, at the Banquet hall, Government House, Yenagoa.