Bayelsa State Governor Hon. Seriake Dickson has called on the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), to work with relevant authorities in tackling the age-long issues of environmental degradation, injustice and marginalization.
He has also underscored the need for the IYC to partner with their respective state governments, in enthroning peace and stability in the Ijaw nation, rather than politicize its activities.
Governor Dickson gave the charge, when the leadership of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Central Zone, led by its Chairman, Barr. Tare Porri paid him a courtesy call in Government House, Yenagoa.
While commending the body for the peaceful conduct of its recent zonal elections, the Bayelsa State Governor called on the IYC to properly organize itself and come up with programmes that would impact positively on the lives of the people.
According to him, the Council also has a duty to sensitize the youths on the dangers of drug abuse, cultism, pipeline vandalism and other related vices.
Governor Dickson went on to challenge the youths to empower themselves educationally, in order to build a critical mass that would take over the mantle of leadership in the nearest future.
In his remarks, Chairman of the IYC, Central Zone, Barr. Tare Porri lauded Governor Dickson for championing the cause of the Ijaw people.
Barr. Porri said, the IYC remains a non-partisan organization and solicited the support of the state government in handling issues of MoU with oil companies and environmental pollution.
He also appealed to Governor Dickson to assist the Council in the provision of logistic support to enable the body function more effectively.