Residents of Bayelsa State have been assured of safety of lives and property.
The Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayiba Duba gave the assurance when the newly elected Executives of the Federated Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalist, Bayelsa State Council paid him a courtesy call in his office in Yenagoa.
Hon. Duba stated that security is a national issue that is under threat and it is the responsibility of all to be on the alert.
The Commissioner noted that the State Government has signed into law, the Bayelsa Community Safety Corps bill (BCSC) to ensure the safety of all from crime and civil unrest. Adding that youths are being recruited for proper training, to curb violence.
He stressed the harmonization of all security outfits in the State with the conventional security agencies and all hands must be on deck to keep the State secured.
The Commissioner congratulated Executives of the Federated Correspondents’ Chapel for their victory at the polls and promised a smooth working relationship with the Ministry.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Federated Correspondents’ Chapel, Comrade Tife Owolabi stated that media plays important role in keeping the public abreast with issues in their immediate environment and around the world.
He noted that as members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm, they are worried over the state of security in the State and pledged a synergy with government to ensure effective reportage of programmes in the State.