Bayelsa inaugurates committee to tackle cultism

By Samuel Tombra, Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson has constituted a Students’ Management Committee to tackle cultism and other student-related issues in the state.

A statement signed by Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said yesterday that the committee which was inaugurated in Yenagoa, the state capital, was chaired by Ebipatei Apaingolo.

Members of the committee are Evans Baribote, Eteli Tuanam, Atti Moses, Maxwell Obesi and Miss Imoemi Tombofa.

Others are Ipogi Tony, Oweifie Success, Fortune Jack, Jeremiah Owoupele, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on NYSC, Suoyo Appah and Tari Pori.

The governor asked the committee to collaborate with other youth bodies in the state, to manage the affairs of students and check acts of cultism and other forms of criminality among the youths.

Dickson charged members of the committee to sensitize students on the prevailing national economic challenges and their spillover effects on the state.

He said it was imperative to include the student body into the activities of the government to enable students be abreast of the political and socio-economic issues.

He said: “We need to work together and manage our processes of government and the way we carry out our collective businesses so that our society can get out of this crisis.

“I want a situation where students and the youth population in general are not misinformed. As future leaders, l want them to understand the real issues that government and other leaders have to deal with.

“I want a situation where the young people in this state the basis upon which political service must stand. For us, political service must mean an opportunity to serve our society first, and one’s self the least.

“But the reverse is the case. But it is not their fault. It is as a result of faulty foundation and that is why our government is solving foundation problems on a daily basis since we came on board.”

In his remarks, Apaingolo expressed appreciation to Dickson for the opportunity to serve and promised to deliver on their mandate.

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