Yenagoa— The Bayelsa State government has directed the leadership and stakeholders in communities that are yet to form vigilantes to complement the efforts of conventional security agencies to do so immediately, according to the Independent newspaper.
The deputy governor, Lawrence Ehwrudjakpo, who gave the order while granting audience to some stakeholders of the Ovom community in Government House, Yenagoa, explained that the move would enable the government to improve on the prevailing peace and security in the state.
Ewhrudjakpo in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant, Media, Mr Doubara Atasi, stressed the need for people to always see security as a collective responsibility.
He added that “The present administration will spare no effort in making Bayelsa the safest state in the country where meaningful business and social activities will thrive unfettered.”
“We urge the vigilantes in the various communities to volunteer actionable information to security agencies and also take deliberate steps to curtail the activities of cultists and other criminal elements”, he said.
He commended the people of Ovom in Yenagoa, the capital city of Bayelsa for their patience and understanding and for hosting the seat of power in the state, assuring that the government would do more to improve their socio-economic well-being and development.
While responding to some requests made by the delegation, Ehwrudjakpo pointed out that the philosophy of the prosperity administration was hinged on empowering Bayelsans to create wealth for themselves.
The deputy governor also promised that the government would look into their other requests such as the construction of more internal roads, a public events pavilion, solar-powered street lights, health centre as well as employment and appointment of Ovom indigenes.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation, Chief Lambert Ototo, expressed gratitude to the government for its magnanimity to Ovom through the appointments of their sons and infrastructural development.