The Bayelsa State Government has promised to handsomely reward youth leaders, who collaborate with security agencies to flush out cultists and drug peddlers in their communities.
The Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, made the promise at separate meetings with youth leaders from the Southern Ijaw and Sagbama local government areas of the state.
Ewhrudjakpo stated “I told the youth of the Ekeremor and Kolokuma/Opokuma LGAs the other day, and I’m repeating it today, that any youth president that makes his community free of the crime of cultism and drug abuse will have an award from my office.
“This is one way we can use to encourage you to be part of the fight against crime. We have to fight to protect the future of our state.
Those who are into criminal activities are few in any society. So, why must we allow them to hold all of us to ransom? This government will not allow that. We are determined to do everything within our reach to flush them out from our communities.”
The deputy governor said in a statement on Monday that substance abuse, cultism and criminality shared a common relationship, stressing that the Governor Duoye Diri administration in the state would leave no stone unturned in its determination to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state.
He called on the youth and community leaders to emulate the leadership of Imiringi town in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state, which recently invited and supported security agencies to rid their communities of drug dealers and criminals terrorising the area.
The deputy governor charged the youth to cooperate with the government in the fight against kidnapping and other criminal activities, urging them not to allow illegal crude oil refining, popularly known as ‘Kpo fire’, in their areas.
The service commanders, including the Commissioner of Police, Ben Okolo; the Area Commandant of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Bashir Oladosu; and the state Director, Department of State Security, Femi Akin, appealed to the youth to cooperate with security agencies in the interest of peace and development.
The Chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council, Central Zone, Clever Inodu, called on the youth of Bayelsa to take a decisive stand against electoral violence, vandalism of government property and other crimes in their communities.