GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has asked corps members serving in the state not to give in to intimidation or inducement by any politician or political party during the state governorship poll slated for November this year.
Dickson stated this, yesterday, at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Batch ‘A’ National Youth Service Corps Orientation Course at Kaiama, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state
His words: “I have the responsibility for your safety and wellbeing. Later this year the governorship election will be holding in this state. Though I will not be directly participating, I want to advise that there are politicians and parties who would intimidate you as you go out to perform electoral duties.
“Some would go as far as holding you hostage and forcing you to do things against the procedures and against the laws. I want to urge you to prepare to do what is right, give a face to the wishes of our people as they may feel free to exercise. Never be cowed or intimidated by anyone no matter how highly placed, you have our support.
“We provided emergency lines which have been given to you. Please acquaint yourself with them. The security investment in this state is such that if there are incidents security operatives would get to you.
“A number of you cannot swim like us. I strongly recommend that you acquire the skill of swimming. Until you know how to swim very well, I want to advise that you acquire your mandatory life jacket before going to any of the communities in this state which is largely riverine.”
Dickson described the corps members as Nigeria’s greatest resource, sttating that his government prioritised human capacity building and had invested in education more than any other government in the country.
Mrs. Loto Bolade-Omolayo, the State NYSC Coordinator, lauded the state government for its support towards ensuring a successful orientation programme.