The Bayelsa state government has promised to generously reward young leaders, who work with security agencies to root out cultists and drug traffickers in their communities.
Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo made the pledge in separate meetings with youth leaders from the South Ijaw and Sagbama local government areas of the state.
Ewhrudjakpo said in a statement on Monday that drug addiction, worship and crime shared a common relationship, stressing that Governor Duoye Diri’s administration in the state would leave no stone unturned in its determination to reduce crime to a bare minimum in the state. ‘State.
He called on youths and community leaders to emulate the leadership of the town of Imeringi in the state’s Ogbia local government area, which recently urged and supported security agencies to rid their communities of drug traffickers. drugs and criminals who terrorize the region.
He instructed the youths to cooperate with the government in the fight against kidnappings and other criminal activities, urging them not to allow the illegal refining of crude oil, popularly known as “Kpo fire”, in their areas.
The Deputy Governor said, “I said the other day to the youth of Ekeremor and Kolokuma/Opokuma LGAs, and I say it again today, that any youth president who liberates his community from the crime of Worship and Addiction will have an award from my office.
“It’s one way we can use to encourage you to be part of the fight against crime. We must fight to protect the future of our state.
“Those who engage in criminal activity are few in any society. So why must we allow them to hold us all hostage? This government will not allow that. We are determined to do everything in our power to root them out of our communities.
Service commanders, including the police commissioner, Ben Okolo; the area commander of the National Drug Enforcement Agency, Bashir Oladosu; and State Director, Department of State Security, Femi Akin, called on young people to cooperate with security agencies in the interests of peace and development.
The Chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council, Central Area, Clever Inodu called on the youth of Bayelsa to take a decisive stand against election violence, vandalism of government property and other crimes in their communities.
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