Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson on Friday offered automatic employment to youth leaders of the various communities in the state, who are members of the Bayelsa Volunteers Scheme to enhance peace and security, ahead of the December 5 polls.
Dickson made the offer during a meeting with community youth leaders, where a discourse with the theme: “Law and Order, Peace and Security”, was presented at the Dr. Gabriel Okara Cultural Centre, Yenagoa.
He charged them to ensure that their communities are properly organised to give information on piracy, kidnapping and other related crimes.
Speaking on security in the forthcoming gubernatorial election, Dickson noted that the youths constitute the main force of the state and urged them to organise themselves unit by unit, ward by ward, constituency by constituency, and cooperate with the security agencies and INEC officials to ensure there is peace and security during the polls.
He said that the December 5 election is about the future of Bayelsa and the Ijaw nation, stressing that allowing the opposition to win would be selling the pride and destiny of the people to foreigners.
While charging the youth leaders to stand up and protect the pride and integrity of the state, he urged them to turn out en-mass with their permanent voter cards to vote on D- Day, and ensure they protect their votes by waiting for the results to be announced at each polling unit.
“Federal might do not win election. It is the people that win election. Stand up now or else you will never forgive yourselves, because your destiny is at stake. Those in the opposition were in government for five years and plunged the state into huge debts and now the same people want to come back,” he said and advised against voting these same elements back to power.
In his welcome remarks, the commissioner of Youth Development, Chief Collins Cocodia, said that the success of the coming polls will be determined by the peace and security, and orderliness of youths.
Also speaking, Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange challenged them to talk to their neighbours and friends, irrespective of party affiliations to vote for PDP because the party has a positive agenda for the Ijaw people.

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