STATE-OWNED SECURITY COMPANY TO HANDLE PIPELINE SURVEILLANCE IN BAYELSA…. GOV DICKSON
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State says the decision mandating the state-owned Izon-Ibe Security Company to engage youths in providing pipeline surveillance services was taken in the best interest of the State.
Governor Dickson, who spoke at the 26th meeting of the State Security Council on Monday in Yenagoa, debunked claims made by some ex-militants that, the government hijacked the project, which was meant for them to execute.
He said, rather than allow few persons to benefit at the expense of the generality of youths in the state, the security outfit would drive a community-based recruitment process to engage willing and able young people to secure pipelines and other oil facilities.
According to the Governor, the security company would soon call for applications from interested youths at the grassroots, particularly oil producing communities and give them the requisite training that would enable them to discharge their duties effectively.
He, therefore, called on the youths to be wary of disgruntled elements, who just want to use them as cannon fodders to achieve their selfish interests and create crisis in the state.
His words: ” Let me say that this government is of the view that the state-owned Izon-Ibe security company was set up to make it possible for young people in all the communities and particularly the youths and community leaders of communities that are producing oil resources, including those that harbour other facilities to be carried along.
” We don’t believe that only few people can render that surveillance service in all the local government areas of our state. And, so we’ve taken that decision in good faith, and I like to use this opportunity to again call on the youths of our state, not to be misguided by certain desperate elements, who want to create crisis and unnecessary division and trouble in our State.
Continuing, the Governor said, ” The company will reach out to them (youths) in no distant time, so that those who are interested will apply to be gainfully engaged after training and it is going to be community-driven, because we want to know those, who are protecting our facilities”.
Briefing Government House correspondents shortly after the meeting, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Paul Okafor emphasized the need for aggrieved individuals or groups to explore legitimate means to express their grievances rather than threaten to cause breakdown of law and order.
The police commissioner, who warned the people of the state, particularly the youths to shun violence and other vices, reaffirmed the commitment of the security agencies to maintaining the exist peace and tranquility in Bayelsa State.