Pipeline vandalism, illegal bunkering, crude oil theft and sea piracy are vices the Bayelsa state government want to stamp out.
Bayelsa State Government Sets Up Youth Volunteer Group To Aid Security Agencies
These challenges led to the setting up of The Reformed Bayelsa Volunteers, a youth body that will assist security agencies stem the tide of crude oil theft and will operate as a community based outfit in the eight council areas of the state.
The 1100 youth volunteers were recruited from within the state.
Retired Colonel Bernard Kenebai, said, “This ongoing recruitment is community based, generated first from the local government areas to be put together and thoroughly screened by a central body that would go through vetting processes of both the police as well as the SSS to avoid bringing in criminals to constitute the new Bayelsa volunteers because of the task we would be assigning them.”
Retired Colonel Kenebai also highlighted the need to guard against the infiltration of the youths by criminals.
“They are indigenes, they can understand the issues of the communities better and report better to us to enable the security agencies carry out directed actions by and large that is what brings to the table successful operations.”
The Bayelsa volunteer is being reformed to complement the efforts of security agencies in the state.