BAYELSA State governor,
Honourable Seriake Dickson
yesterday presented N46 million
to the management of the Bayelsa
Volunteers Scheme, for the
payment of monthly stipends of
the state volunteers.
While presenting the instrument
in Yenegoa to the coordinator,
C.S.P Emmanuel Asufi, and the
secretary of the volunteers, Felix
Bonny Ayah, Governor Dickson
stated the amount, which is also to
formally kick-start the volunteers
programme, was to take care of
about 3,000 youths.
He pointed out that the 3, 000
volunteers were selected after a
tedious screening process, with
a view to ensuring that only the
best was recruited.
According to him, the graduate
members of the volunteers
would be paid N20,000 and nongraduates
would go home with
N10,000 monthly, adding that
henceforth the allowances for
the volunteers would be paid
alongside the salaries of civil
servants in the state.
He promised that their salaries
would be reviewed as the
economy improved, stressing
that the government had made
a commitment which it must
keep in line with the restoration
administration’s policy of keeping
to its promises.
He urged the volunteers to be
diligent in their duties as well
as work with the management,
communities and security
agencies in achieving the set
targets, warning that any member
of the scheme involved in acts of
criminality would be shown the
way out.
His words: “I expect you to be
diligent in your duty and work
with your coordinators, the
communities and the security
forces. This programme is taking
3,000 youths out of joblessness.
If anyone on this scheme is
involved in any criminal activity,
such a person will be shown the
way out without hesitation.”
He equally enjoined them not
to allow themselves to be used
by mischief makers to cause
any form of breach of the peace,
stressing that such acts will be not
be tolerated.
Responding on behalf of the
volunteers, the coordinator,
CSP Emmanuel Asufi thanked
the governor for presenting
the instrument, assuring that
everyone engaged as a volunteer
would be paid.